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Monday, September 26, 2005

DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT MONDAY - ACCOMPLISHMENT IN GOD.

Ministry that costs nothing, accomplishes nothing. - John Henry Jowett.

Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. -John 4:34.

"And we ourselves are 'saved to save'-we are made to give-to let everything go if only we may have more to give. The pebble takes in all the rays of light that fall on it, but the diamond flashes them out again; every little facet is a means, not simply of drinking more in, but of giving more out." - Lillias Trotter.

I am often moved by people who want to accomplish something in life, whether it is education, sports, leadership, business, marriage, family, home etc. All of these are important in life, but the thing that moves me most as a Pastor, is when God’s people want to accomplish something for Him, spiritual accomplishment.

In our Scripture above, Jesus is talking to the disciples, in answer to their question regarding food and drink. They are all hungry and thirsty, including Jesus, but He points out to them that food shouldn’t be their primary concern, but to accomplish whatever the Father has asked us to do, in this case Jesus declares that souls that are more important than sustenance.

You would think in this highly technological world, and with all the modern appliances and gadgets we have to help us in our ministry, that we would grasp this teaching, and make it a priority in our lives, not so. Many Christians will go for sustenance over salvation, hence the need for Jesus to explain this to us.

“The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost!” - A. B. Simpson.

Here, an opportunity of doing the father’s will presented itself, and He forgot his exhaustion and hunger, and found comfort and joy in doing what He was sent to do, save a soul. This one great objective engaged all His powers, and helped Him stop thinking about his exhaustion, and the requirements of the body.

Oh dear brothers and sisters in Christ, allow the salvation of souls to be more important to you, than sustenance. Allow eating and drinking, toil and respite, reading, thinking, Bible study, prayer, and everything of God, be directed to the accomplishment of this great work of saving souls...


“You have nothing to do but to save souls. Therefore spend and be spent in this work. And go not only to those that need you, but to those that need you most…It is not your business to preach so many times, and to take care of this or that society; but to save as many souls as you can; to bring as many sinners as you possibly can to repentance.” – John Wesley.

Christians! Imitate our Master, Jesus Christ! Souls are dying for lack of knowledge, and Jesus has given us the key of the kingdom, the knowledge of his word. Introduce them to the tree of life! Sinners are plummeting by their thousands into hell! The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and whoever captures souls is wise. - Prov 11:30.

A.B. Simpson is reported to have said that the gospel "Tells rebellious men that God is reconciled, that justice is satisfied, that sin has been atoned for, that the judgment of the guilty may be revoked, the condemnation of the sinner cancelled, the curse of the Law blotted out, the gates of hell closed, the portals of heaven opened wide, the power of sin subdued, the guilty conscience healed, the broken heart comforted, the sorrow and misery of the Fall undone. - M. Cocoris.

Let us GO and help them, and save them from the eternal fire, let them know our love and compassion, let them know that the father’s will, is that none of them should perish! Accomplish great things, for a great God!

Loving Father, help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to put souls above every accomplishment in my life, make this a priority in my life. I ask this in the wonderful name of Jesus, amen.

GBYAY

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