giving direction to our preaching
I will begin with a quote from Oswald J. Smith again to give context to this blog. “One real look through the eyes of Jesus Christ and we will sink our funds, not in bricks and mortar, luxurious Bible Training Schools and expensive institutions, but in the souls of men” (The Challenge of Missions, page 93).
After Jesus had secretly spent time alone with His Father in the early morning, “Simon and those who were with him searched for Him (Jesus), and they found Him and said, to Him, “Everyone is looking for you.” But He said to them, “Let us go on to the next towns that I may preach there also, for that is why I came out” (Mark 1:35-38). Notice that Jesus never deviates from His purpose – preaching the message of the kingdom to those who have not heard! While building, schools, hospitals, orphanages and many other good things may serve a limited purpose, Jesus and the apostles never got involved in these activities. It is the souls of men, women and children that have eternal value which these other things do not and cannot have.
It is time were STOP and re-examine the direction of our preaching and ministry. What passion for Christ and the gospel are we communicating through our words, actions and lives? If we are placing higher value on anything other than communicating Christ and the gospel, we are not being true to our call. Let the Holy Spirit adjust our values to agree with heavens eternal standards.
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