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Bringers... Part 3

"Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things I commanded you.... " (Matt.28:19-20).

Last Friday, I suggested that when it comes to bringing the lost to Christ, three (3) parties are involved; God, me and the hearer. Lets continue to zero in on God's part today and first realize that He has done all of the hard work. Not only that, He has given us the Word, the sword of the Spirit, (Eph.6:17) as a guide. When we think about his promises and His all powerful ability, it ought to give us a limitless measure of confidence to reach out to others... First, lets make sure that we do not cross over the boundary and inadvertently assume the responsibility of God when it comes to bringing others to the Him. Often, when a person refuses to hear the gospel of Christ, we look at it as a failure on our part. Maybe there was something more powerful, eloquent or moving that could have been said or done. I think there is an inherent problem with this type of thinking, because we have forgotten who actually grants the increase. If a person is truly seeking, and we, in kindness, offer them the opportunity to study or worship, they will make the effort to to learn more. When Jesus sent out the twelve (12) on what we like to call "the limited commission", He let them know that all would not receive the teachings.... He said this; "Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out to that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet" (Matt.10:14). If they are not truly seeking, we must accept their "no' and move on to someone else without feeling guilty. I can't help but to think about The Rich Young Ruler of Matt.19: 16-26. Though he had lived an exemplary life under the law, when Jesus pointed out to him what was the missing part of his obtaining eternal life, it says "he went away grieving..." (Vs.22). Remember this: Jesus let him walk away. The power of the gospel does not always depend on exactly how we may present it, as long as we speak with kindness and humility. The power is in the Word, which God promises will transform those who diligently seek Him....

Have a great day... T   G   I   F         Thank God I'm Forgiven.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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