Wednesday, 12 February 2020

I am Not Ashamed, are You?

I recently attended the funeral of a sister in Christ. She was a godly woman, and very gracious, who loved to speak of Jesus at every opportunity. People testified to how the Lord had used her for His glory, and to how His Light and truth manifest in her life. when she had to go into a residential care home, she continued to testify to the love and grace of Jesus, and she spoke to the other people there be they staff or residents.

She sang, read the Word, and prayed. In the evenings as the staff got her ready for bed she would pray, especially for them.

And when it came to the point where she could no longer speak, the staff would kneel at the side of her bed and pray. Such was the influence of this Christian lady, in this non-Christian home.

At the same time of this funeral, I read on the internet of the imprisonment of Pastor in China. He asked for prayer, what did he ask for? Ease and comfort, pleasant guards, decent food, his release? No, none of these requests came from his lips. He asked that we would pray for him to be a light in that dark place, and that he would be able to share the gospel, and show to the prisoners and the guards the love and mercy of God and His Son, Jesus.

Neither of these wanted to be in the position and place they were in, but they didn’t grumble and complain, rather they rejoiced and praised God in their circumstances and prayed in humility of heart that God would use them where they were. No matter what our circumstances, no matter where we are, God can, and does use us if we are willing to be led by His Holy Spirit, and not seek our own ease and comfort.

We should all be one of the same mind in Christ, our lives should show His love, our lips should sing His praise. And we should not be ashamed of the gospel.

I am not ashamed
Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir

Luke 9:26
For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.

True Teasure

Old Humphrey's Gems Taken from Gleaning for the Young 1882, 
page 2

We all love to pluck the fairest fruit, and to gather the sweetest flowers; but put this down as a truth worthy to be graven on a pillar of brass that more enjoyable fruits and flowers grow by the wayside of the path of duty than in all the wilderness of wilful inclination.

We all set a value on riches; but Mexico is a long way off, and it’s gold is hard to gain. The Bible which has a far richer source of real wealth, is at hand. I will point out two texts that are worth a hundred Mexico’s:

“God is love”
1 John 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

“Christ died for the ungodly”
Romans 5:6
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

The Word of God is full of treasure, and it is as relevant today in 2020 for the young (the old and the in between)  as it was in 1882. There is not a person on the planet that has not sinned, and is therefore a sinner. And all sinners need the saving grace of God, who is willing to be your Father when you repent of your sins, and leave your old life behind to follow and believe in the Lord Jesus. Oh, the joy of knowing your sins are forgiven and that you are a child of God, and all the treasures of God's Word are there for you to discover for your own life. And to know that all the treasure of heaven is yours for now and eternity. Don’t wait, today is the day of salvation.