Friday, July 16, 2010
The New Covenant Continues
Good Evening to All!
"The time is coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they did not remain faithful to my covenant, and I turned away from them, declares the Lord. This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time, declares the Lord, I will put my laws in their minds and write them down on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more."
There is no excuse for ANYONE not to know who Jesus is. It is our obligation as Christians whether we are preachers, evangelists, missionaries, or just plain lovers of God, to go out into the world and tell those we come in contact with about Him. I'm not saying we all need to be preachers. I am saying we all need to "stir the hunger" for God in as many people as possible in our life time. There is a church nearly everywhere you look, but people are not going to walk in off the street if they don't know what it's about. I clean a few houses to give me "spending money" and I always try and strike up a conversation about the Lord while I am working. I must admit I have been pleasantly surprised. When I first started getting serious about my relationship with Jesus, I was hesitant. I kept thinking to myself, "they know about God, everybody knows about God. They don't want to hear me talk about Him. Well, that was several years ago. since then, I have grown in the sense that I don't ASSUME ANYTHING. While I may not get some of them to come to church with me, they all tend to perk up their ears and listen. That is the main thing. If they don't want to come to church, it may not be going to "church that bothers them, but the idea of a certain type of church. I know when I first started going I had heard all kinds of strange things, such as they don't believe in women wearing pants, they don't believe in wearing make-up, all the women have long hair, they don't watch TV, and the biggest one of all, they all run around the building jumping and screaming and talking in a funny language. Hearing that would scare anybody off. Well, a lot of it's true, but a lot of it isn't. Like I told my housekeeping client today, it depends on the church. You have different types of Baptist churches with varying degrees of strictness, just like different types of Pentecostal churches. She had said the one she went to before was extra loud and they all started speaking in tongues really loud and so on. That's just not the case with all of them. Yes, our church has a "band" with keyboard, bass guitar, regular guitar, saxophone and drums, but they are not "obnoxiously loud". We do speak in tongues, but not obnoxiously loud. After all, God has great hearing, and he knows we are praising Him. We don't have to break the windows out of the church so He'll hear us. Anyway, the reason I got off on this subject is to get people to talk to others about God, and when they invite them to their church, tell them a little about it so they won't worry about "being scared to death", or feeling out of place. After all, we are suppose to show love and I would bet you didn't send your little one to school his very first day by himself. If I remember right, my mom took me by the hand before school started to meet my teacher so I wouldn't be afraid of "a stranger". This is the way we should look at witnessing to others and inviting them to church.
The time is drawing nigh and I pray that when I go up to meet God, He will say "Well done thy good and faithful servant". You have witnessed to many and have done what I asked of you.
That is My Goal.
Wow! I just used my new Bible (Thompson Chain-Reference Bible) to do some reference research on the above scripture. It pointed me to Hebrews 12:24, which says:And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (25) See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth (Jesus) much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
I don't think that could be any more plain. We need to listen to what God says in His Word and abide by it.
I hope to get used to my new Bible soon, so that I might be more informed and maybe even more interesting by "bringing more milk or meat" to the table.
Good Night to All and May God Bless!