Saturday, 21 December 2013
READ TODAYS EDITION OF RHAPSODY OF REALITIES.
TOPIC: HIS PARTNERS IN SOUL WINNING.
Opening Text: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (2 Timothy 4:2).
The Lord Jesus, talking about His mission in Luke 19:10 declared, "…the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." This statement clearly underlines how passionate the Master was about soul winning. He considered it much more important than physical food when He said to His disciples, "…My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work" (John 4:34).
In Matthew 9:38, the Lord, once again, conveyed the urgency and importance of soul winning to His disciples by saying, "Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest." He finished His work here on earth and went to heaven, but before His departure,
He charged the Church to, "…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). We’re God’s co-labourers today in the ministry of soul winning (1 Corinthians 3:9).
The responsibility of preaching the Gospel has been passed on to us. Our theme verse says, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season…," in other words, preach the Gospel when you feel like it, and when you don’t. It’s your life vocation. You practise it, whether or not you feel like doing it. You’re to partner with the Lord in winning others, not only because it’s our vocation, but because you’re persuaded by the love of Christ.
Don’t say, "Well, if the anointing comes on me, I’ll preach." That’s wrong, because we don’t need any more anointing to preach the Gospel than we did when we received the Holy Spirit. Acts 1:8: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
God has already sent and anointed you to preach the Gospel; don’t wait for another sign or instruction.
Dear Father, thank you for making me a partner with you in soul winning; I’ve set my heart to be faithful to the call of leading the unsaved in my world to Christ. I thank you for the increased grace you’ve granted me to be fruitful in this endeavour, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y:1 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan: Revelation 13:1-10, Daniel 5-6
2 Year Reading Plan: Acts 2:14-24, 2 Chronicles 35