Last Sunday our morning lesson was with regard to the question: “What have I done?” It was a question that gave some attention to our individual interests and allegiance to the Lord in relation to the promotion of His cause. This article intends to share a brief review of some of those things we talked about.
When we reflect on our own efforts here at Highway, it should be of some concern that our numerical growth has not manifested itself as it ought to have. Yet, before some corrective action should be extended to the congregation, the congregation’s leaders ought to do some reflective thinking themselves. People willingly submit themselves to leaders (elders) if those leaders are genuinely interested in the Lord’s way, promoting His cause, and taking the lead in these areas. Have the elders and the preacher been exemplary in this?
As a reminder to help us all be properly reflective, our lesson focused on the acrostic EVANGELISM. Many churches of the Lord are doing good works, and we are not falling behind in that area at all; but with Jeremiah’s urgency we need to impress on the populous the Lord’s coming judgment. Jeremiah’s urgency in getting Judah/Jerusalem to see the errors of their ways fell on deaf ears. With this before us, let us consider, in part, our acrostic.
E – ETERNITY. Paul knew well what the Lord said about that which every man will experience; we all shall stand before the judgment seat of Christ, and knowing such things (as Paul knew them then), we should be trying to impress on people that it will happen. Paul said it this way: “Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade me” (2 Corinthians 5:11).
V – VENGEANCE. So easy it is for each of us to stand in the Lord’s judgment seat and render some sort of judgment against another; you surely have done so, just as I have. It is not ours, however, it be in a seat that only belongs to the Lord. What we can do, though, is make it as clear as the day is bright, that if one refuses the Lord’s love, then that judgment seat one desires to be on occasionally, will be the seat before which we will stand (Romans 12:17-21)!
A – ASSURANCE. It is appropriate to encourage people in life’s difficult living with words of assurance that all will be better, but have you given assurance to others that there is a judgment day? This does not occur as it ought because many who call themselves Christians either don’t believe it, or they put it back in the recesses of the mind, trying not to think about it. Paul did not shy away from a message that people needed to hear; neither should we (Acts 17:30-31).
N – NADAB & ABIHU. To a great many people the names of these two men stand in infamy; unfortunately, there are many more people who don’t know who they once were and exactly for what they are known. These two sons of the High Priest (Aaron) took it upon themselves to relegate the proper worship of the Lord as something that authorized them to alter. This deadly mistake they made resulted in the Lord taking from them an opportunity to repent! It is a deadly thing to trifle with the Lord’s way and word (Leviticus 10:1-2).
G – GOSPEL. God’s good news as seen and heard in Jesus was Paul’s strength and message to a people that did not want to hear it. We may not be able to preach and teach like Paul or Peter, but that which we can do we should be doing. God power is to reign in us (Colossians 3:16); when it does, the Lord’s glory will shine through to all interested in seeing it (Romans 1:16-17). RT