Meditation

03/04/2020

“’Sing, o barren woman, you who never bore a child; burs into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of he desolate woman than of her who has a husband, says the Lord.’ ‘Enlarge the place of our tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do no hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. Do not be afraid, you will not suffer shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. For your Maker is your husband—-the Lord Almighty is his name —- and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth.” (Isaiah 54:1-5)

Christians are to branch out with a vision of a needy world and become involved in ministry so that all may hear of Jesus Christ and His saving grace. We are not to “hold back” from anyone who needs the gospel. It will mean lengthening our views from the narrow and provincial.

It also demands strengthening our often limited involvement. This we must do if we are to evangelize the whole world. Our humble, barren condition is no excuse. God promises strength and blessing to His faithful witnesses. As God restored and repopulated Jerusalem after the Exile, He seeks to restore His church to accomplish His evangelistic mission.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, help us to understand that if someone is hungry, to feed them, and then they will be in a position of hearing the gospel message of Salvation. If they are naked, clothe them, so then the gospel message becomes more real to them. Pray with them, that might feel Your loving embrace, Abba, and the gospel comes alive within them. Reveal to them Your Spirit, that it might come to live within them and they will become Your servants and fellow witnesses. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

The closest distance between a problem and its solution is the distance between your knees and the floor.”

KNOWING GOD:

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we re the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? Unlike so many, we do not peddle the word of God for profit. On the contrary in Christ we speak before God with sincerity, like men sent from God.” (2nd Corinthians 2:14-17)

What a profound responsibility Paul placed on believes! We are an aroma to the world of life or death. How essential for us to spread the fragrance of the knowledge of Christ in such a way as to bring life. We have God’s promise of victory—-He leads us in His triumphal procession. We are utterly unequal to the task, but Christ gives us grace and power to evangelize with effect.

I AM:

We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the field God has assigned to us, a field that reaches ever to You. W are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as you with the gospel of Christ. Neither do we go beyond our limits by boasting of work done by others. Our hoe is that, as your faith continues to grow, our area of activity among you will greatly expand, so that we can preach the gospel in the regions beyond you. For we do do not want to boast about work already done in another man’s territory. But, ‘Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.’ For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.” (2nd Corinthians 10:12-18)

Everyone has his or her ministry given by the grace and wisdom of God (Romans 12:3-8). Therefore, it is not wise to compare ourselves with others of God’s people. We do not commend ourselves or boast beyond our called position and service in Christ. We do not intrude into someone else’s ministry or claim credit for it. Our only boast is in in Jesus Christ and His great work through us (Galatians 6:14). This is the spirit that will bring the Lord’s commendations and approval. This attitude will make our evangelistic effort effective and spread it to regions beyond.

Second Thought of the Day:

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:11-16)

All God’s people have spiritual gifts. God gives His gifted people as His gift to the church so the work of he church—-the ministry—-can be carried on. This implies that we need to discover our ministry gift, develop our gift, and use our gift in ministry and service as God enables us and leads us.

This is the key to effective Christian service and evangelization. Ministry and witness go hand in hand. The ultimate goal of evangelism is to develop mature Christians, not simply to multiply spiritual infants.

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