“I will make your oppressors eat their own flesh; they will be drunk on their own blood, as with wine. Then all mankind will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” (Isaiah 49:26) – Evangelism, Judgment)
Even the judgment of God upon the sins of people aids the evangelistic task. As God judges the rebellious people who oppress His people, all the world comes to know God as the “Redeemer” and the “Mighty One” who saves His own. This, in turn, motivates people to become one of God’s own. God’s purpose in all He does is to evangelize the world.
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, there are those who simply reject the concept of a loving Creator, that seeks to be involved with His people in a variety of way. Help us to never forget that we must reach out to all equally and with the same Spirit of love that Jesus did, as He modeled the life of a true Christian while on this earth. Today we continue to pray troops serving in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, that a peaceful solution might be found and let the fighting be silenced. We also pray for those who are suffering in body, mind, and/or spirit, with friends, family, for those we don’t know. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“God wants to do through us, what He had done to us!”
“‘The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.’ Since my people are crushed, I am crushed; I mourn, and horror grips me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (Jeremiah 3:20-22 – Evangelism, Judgment)
This tragic word, although it had an immediate meaning to Israel, is relevant to all times and places. It is sad to think of all that has been done to share the saving grace of God in faithful evangelism and then to realize the day of opportunity is about over, and still people refuse the gospel. Little wonder the prophet was crushed. He realized God’s judgment is sure in such a situation. Healing does not come for a people who do not return to God.
“The Lord will be awesome to them when he destroys all the gods of the land. The nations on every shore will worship him, every one in it own land.” (Zephaniah 2:11 – Evangelism, Judgment)
God’s judgment brings about evangelization. As God judges the sins of people, some learn to worship before the Lord. In sincere worship, which implies a true turning to God in repentance, they can find forgiveness and life through faith.
2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Sine that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it. It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law. Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. ‘There was a rich man who was dressed in purpose and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the doges came and licked his sores.’ ‘The time came when he beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was bin torment, he looked up and saw Abraham then called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finder in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.’ He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham, he said,, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16:27-31 – Evangelism, Judgment)
People who persistently reject salvation in Christ face eternal separation from God in hell. There they will realize how vital it is to receive God’s forgiveness and life. The rich man, even in hell, was so aware of these truths that he wanted someone to tell his brothers of he eternal fate of those who refuse Christ. The lesson is for Christians. It calls us to love the lost who face such judgment. Our witness can lead people to Christ and away from hell.