Posted by: pastortomvabeach | February 12, 2015

Thought For The Week February 15, 2015

Our church held its Annual Business Meeting last Sunday and at the end of the meeting I shared this thought from Romans 10:1, Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved. Though Paul was a Jew, God called him and sent him to preach the Gospel to the Gentile world. Despite that fact, he never gave up on his countrymen. He loved Israel (Jews), and continually and earnestly prayed that they would be saved. Not only that, but whenever he had an opportunity, he preached to them as well.

Of his Jewish brethren, Paul said, They have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. (Romans 10:2-3) Today, as in Paul’s day, there are so many people around us who may have a zeal for spiritual things, like the Jews did, but want their own version or idea of God and what all that means. On the other hand there are many who have no interest at all. The common factor for all of them is that they are Without Christ…aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. (Ephesians 2:12). They have no eternal hope, they are destined to an eternity in hell.

If we are ever going to make a difference for people like this who are all around us, we must all begin to see our job, our mission, our common task, is reaching those we know who don’t know Jesus. One of the best ways to start is for us to get truly burdened for them. Can any of us really say as Paul did, “my heart’s desire and prayer for them is that they be saved”? Do we pray and ask the Lord to give us our families, neighbors, friends, cities?

At the meeting I challenged those in attendance, in 2015, to begin to seek the Lord for a burden that breaks our hearts so much that we can’t NOT pray. Pray as if their lives depended on it, because they do! Pray for people you know by name. Ask the Lord to soften their hearts at the same time that you ask for opportunities to sow seeds of truth into their lives. Ask for boldness as they did in Acts 4:30; Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word. Let’s make it our job to be engaged in prayer and in witness in the greatest commission ever given to man – giving the gospel away! How’s that for something to think about?

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