“Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord; no deeds can compare with ours. All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God.” (Psalm86:8–10)
The day will come, beloved, when all will bow before the Lord. That is the final judgment. Before that hour, however, God’s call to faith in Christ goes out to all nations. He wants all to know of His saving acts and to believe He alone is God.
We share in that divine call to salvation because we have tasted God’s redemption. God is patient with those who doe not know Him. He wants for us to go tell them the gospel story. God’s salvation call to the lost comes through the saved.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You are and have been very good to us, Your people. Though we did nothing to deserve Your love and care, You freely offered salvation and eternal life, through Your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. We also understand that You call us to be a vehicle to reach out to those who don’t know You or don’t truly know anything about You; and this You call each one of us believers, to accept the divine call You have placed upon us all, to reach out to those who have not accepted You, who have no knowledge of You, that they too, might accept You through Christ and become Your believers too. This we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Jesus came to save, not condemn. Put Christ first in your life!”
“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other. By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked: ‘Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.’ They will say of me, ‘In the Lord alone are righteousness and strength.’ All who have raged against him will come to him and be put to shame.” (Isaiah45:22-24)
God’s call to salvation excludes no one. It rings out to the ends of the earth. God is always calling people to redemption—-to look to Him and live. Those who do, engage in the task of taking the message to others that God might call them to salvation. They can deliver the message with assurance, for God has sworn to let every person in the world see His victory. The task of a witness is to bring people to bow in worship, before judgment leads them to bow down in defeat and submission. Evangelism leads people to see the ultimate importance of obeying the call to salvation and thus to experience God’s grace in the present rather than His wrath in the future.
“From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church. When they arrived, he said to them: ‘You know how I lived the whole time I was with you, from the first day I came into the province of Asia. I served the Lord with great humility and with tears, although I was severely tested by the plots of the Jews. You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house. I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.’” (Acts20:17-21)
The elders of the church are the same people described as overseers or bishops in verse 20:28. They exercised spiritual care over the local church, protecting the church from false leaders. Paul’s consistent life, humility, persistent preaching, public teaching, and testimony to Christ were all part of his evangelistic ministry. He called all people to salvation through turning from sin to serve God in total commitment of life to Christ.
Second Thought of the Day:
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation22:-17)
The church lives in expectancy Jesus is coming soon (verse 12). The Spirit joins the church (the bride) in praying to Jesus to come. It is a remarkable form of the Spirit’s constantly reminding the church of Jesus that He prays and helps the church of Jesus that He prays and helps the church to pray for the return of the Lord. The bride invites those who thirst to the water of life.
“Come” has been called God’s favorite word. All in the Godhead—-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—-urge people to come to salvation through Jesus Christ. We who have responded and have become Christians join in the divine invitation and cry to all, “Come.” We thus engage in and with God Himself in the grand enterprise of world evangelization. What a glorious opportunity! What a wonderful challenge! What a divine work! Can we give it less that our very best???