“I am destined to proclaim the message, unmindful of personal consequences to myself.” “I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” All three quotes come from Nikolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700-1760).
I am often challenged by the attitudes of servants who have gone before me. So often I find myself being more concerned about my own comforts and success, rather than the timeless purpose and treasure of presenting salvation, the gospel message, and the “whole council of God” to the whole world. We often feel the pressures that John the Baptist felt from religious leaders; “Who are you?” or “Are you Elijah,” “Are you the Prophet?” (John 1:19-21). To the priests, Levites and Pharisees of John’s day, titles and position was everything. John was absolutely content to be a “voice…crying out in the wilderness” (1:23) pointing to “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (1:29).
The cultural pressures on us today are just the same and we must be driven by the indwelling Holy Spirit to deny self and lift up the Lord Jesus. “He will glorify me, for He will take what is mine and declare it to you” (16:14). Paul had one passion; “I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation” (Romans 15:20. God has left us here for this purpose. Will we live for this, die and be forgotten for Christ?
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