DAILY ENCOURAGEMENT MONDAY - A HEART STARTER. #11.
In the midst of a generation screaming for answers, Christians are stuttering. - Howard Hendricks.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. - Mat 5:8.
Mondays can be very difficult, especially after a lovely weekend, where some of us managed to spend some quality time with our families and friends, fixed up all those little tasks that needed our attention, maybe we even a Saturday night out with the wife in a lovely restaurant, and then for most of us, worshipping with God’s family on Sunday, and suddenly, it’s back to the grind.
I thought by way of encouragement, that we could have a ‘Heart Starter’ from God, rather than six cups of coffee!
If to be a Christian is worthwhile, then the most ordinary interest in those with whom we come in contact, would prompt us to speak to them of Christ.
If the New Testament be true, and we know that it is, who has given us the right to place the responsibility for soul-winning on other shoulders than our own?
If they who reject Christ are in danger, is it not strange that we, who are so sympathetic when the difficulties are physical or temporal, should apparently be so devoid of interest as to allow our friends and neighbors and kindred to come into our lives and pass out again without a word of invitation to accept Christ, to say nothing of sounding a note of warning because of their peril?
If today is the day of salvation, if tomorrow may never come and if life is equally uncertain, how can we eat, drink and be merry when those who live with us, work with us, walk with us and love us are unprepared for eternity because they are unprepared for time?
If Jesus called his disciples to be fishers of men, who gave us the right to be satisfied with making fishing tackle or pointing the way to the fishing banks instead of going ourselves to cast out the net until it be filled?
If Jesus himself went seeking the lost, if Paul the Apostle was in agony because his kinsmen, according to the flesh, knew not Christ, why should we not consider it worthwhile to go out after the lost until they are found?
If I am to stand at the judgment seat of Christ to render an account for the deeds done in the Body, what shall I say to him if my children are missing, if my friends are not saved or if my employer or employee should miss the way because I have been faithless?
If I wish to be approved at the last, then let me remember that no intellectual superiority, no eloquence in preaching, no absorption in business, no shrinking temperament or no spirit of timidity can take the place of or be an excuse for my not making an honest, sincere, prayerful effort to win others to Christ. - J. Wilbur Chapman.
Now that our hearts are beating regularly, let’s consider on what we read over a cup of Java, and ask the Lord to help us make the most of every opportunity, to share the good news in a bad news world.
Loving Father, I thank you for the beautiful weekend that I had. Help me by the power of the Holy Spirit, to share the gospel of the Lord Jesus Chris this week, that I may bring glory to your name. Use me Lord, to introduce someone into your Kingdom. In the wonderful name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.