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What The Bible Says Good Samaritan's Penny Pulpit by Pastor Ed Rice
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A Catholic priest slammed the March for Life in a series of tweets over the weekend, despite the Catholic Church’s strong and constant support of the peaceful pro-life rally and the unborn. Franciscan friar Father Daniel Horan, who teaches at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, called the pro-life event “repulsive and futile” because so […]
This January marks Terrie's and my thirty-third New Year at Lancaster Baptist Church. A few weeks ago, we were able to host several families from our church who were here when we came or who we were able to lead to the Lord in those first couple years. Their faithfulness over the decades is such an encouragement to us.In this season of the year, when many of us are focused on our newly-set goals and investing our energy in developing new habits, it's easy to overlook the obvious—that there is great value in consistency and faithfulness over time.We all know that God blesses faithfulness, but sometimes we forget how significant those blessings are. Here are five blessings that come through faithfulness:1. Faithfulness Develops FaithWhen you think back to what challenged your faith in the earliest days of your walk with the Lord compared to what challenges it now, usually you can see growth.This is because faithfulness is an exercise of faith. And faith is a muscle that grows over time. Do you want more faith? Keep being faithful.As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.—Colossians 2:6–72. Faithfulness Proves the Reality of GodWhen a Christian continues forward despite opposition and setbacks, it sends a powerful message to others that God is trustworthy and able to sustain those who follow Him.Think of Paul and Silas and the Philippian jailer. The jailer didn't ask, “What must I do to be saved?” in Paul's first days of ministry at Philippi. It was after the jailer watched Paul and Silas' response to persecution and their steadfastness through it that he asked them for spiritual help.Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?—Acts 16:29–303. Faithfulness Builds Families and RelationshipsWhat a blessing it has been over the years to see families in our church who have remained faithful to the Lord and stayed in the church where God was working in their lives. I've watched God strengthen marriages and develop the spiritual roots of young people through parents who have remained faithful.Faithfulness also build relationships within the church. As you serve the Lord with the same people year after year, the depth of friendship and fellowship in that relationship grows.Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.—Hebrews 10:254. Faithfulness Gives a Clear ConscienceWhen you are faithful even if your service for the Lord doesn't have the visible results you desired, even if circumstances go differently than you hoped, you can have a clear conscience. And you can know God is working in ways you cannot see.And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,—Acts 20:205. Faithfulness Produces FruitNo farmer quits in disappointment at not seeing crops the day after he plants his fields. He knows it takes time. Similarly, fruit in the Christian life—both the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of souls—takes time to multiply. And those who are faithful reap the benefit of seeing it developed.And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.—Galatians 6:9
As our Lord is coming to the close of His earthly life and ministry, He shares a meal with His closest followers, girds Himself with a towel, draws a bason of water, and kneels to wash the feet of His friends. It is a wonderful lesson on humility that convicts me each time that I read it. It is my desire to be that kind of a servant.As we consider John 13 and John's account of this impactful event, I think it is important that we not overlook the very first verse of the chapter. I believe it holds a key to why Christ did what He did with that towel and bason of water. In that verse we read these words: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.” Jesus served these people because He loved them!Many years ago I was concerned about a man who had accepted a pastorate. At the time, this man was not a very gifted pulpiteer. A friend commented to me, “He doesn't have to be a great preacher as long as he is a good lover. People will put up with poor preaching if they get good loving.” I have never forgotten that statement, and I have tried, for more than thirty years, to be sure that my people have received “good loving.”We can determine in our hearts to serve, and we can run on that fuel for a while. Inevitably, serving will become laborious and we will eventually find ourselves operating on fumes. The alternative to that motivation is to love God and love people. If you love God, you will find joy in serving Him. Likewise, if you love people, you will want to serve them. Kneeling down at someone's nasty feet is not such a difficult task, if you love the people to whom those feet are attached.Jesus operated from a heart of love. He genuinely cared. He did not weep at Lazarus' grave because Lazarus was dead. He wept because Mary and Martha were broken-hearted and He loved Mary and Martha. Jesus did not have to force Himself to spend time with the crippled man by the Pool of Bethesda, He approached that man because He cared about him. Jesus had to go to Samaria. He did not have to go because He was making Himself go, He had to go because there was a woman there for whom He cared.I would rather be good at loving people than to be a good preacher, a good administrator or a good supervisor. It is compassion that makes a difference, not so many things that we think make us more effective. Love is powerful. Love is impactful. Love is necessary. However, there is more to this passage than just the statement that Jesus loved the people. The Bible states, “…He loved them unto the end.”Too often, we claim to love people, and we do love them as long as they behave like we think they should. Over the years, I have seen many ministry workers who obviously loved the loveable. As long as those to whom they ministered “toed the line,” they were quick to express their love to them. Thank God, that was not how Jesus loved.Jesus loved unto the end. Of whom was John 13:1 speaking? It was speaking of His disciples, including Judas. He did not love them as long as they did the right thing. He loved them unto the end. He did not love them as long as they dressed a certain way, walked a certain way, talked a certain way, or lived a certain way. He loved them unto the end. He did not love them as long as they kept the rules at the Christian school. He loved them unto the end. He did not love them as long as they took a stand for what was right. He loved them unto the end.Yes, Jesus loved them unto the end of His earthly life, (and beyond). He also loved them unto the end of themselves. When they came to the end of the dead-end road that led them away from the Saviour, He still loved them. Much like the father loved the Prodigal when he had gone as far away from home as his conscience would allow him to go. From the pig pen, the wayward son knew that his father loved him.When our young people disappoint us and rebel against all they have ever been taught, may they know unto the end, that they are loved. When our church members allow temptation to overcome them and sin to take up residence in their hearts and lives, may they know unto the end, that they are loved. When those in whom we have invested the most seem to appreciate it the least, may they know unto the end, that they are loved. May we love them the way we will want to be loved if we walk away. May we love them the way we will want someone to love our son or daughter if they are overtaken in a fault.Over the past three decades, I have been let down too many times to count. People for whom I had the highest hopes have driven me to some of my deepest disappointments. I have watched some of our Christian school graduates make tragic decisions that have destroyed their lives. I have watched faithful church members walk away from the Lord in betrayal, and in some cases, denial. Again and again I have felt so helpless. I have felt that there is nothing that I can do to make any difference whatsoever. Then I am reminded of John 13:1. There is something that I can do. I can love them unto the end!
I was amused when I read a prediction offered in 1962 that reported by 1985, technology would have made so many advances, that the average workweek would be twenty-two hours, and we would only work twenty-seven weeks a year. Our biggest problem would be what to do with so much leisure time! How did that work out for you?When we think of the New Year, we consider our resolutions for changing our behavior and enjoying success going forward. Sadly, we recall that some of our resolutions are repeats from last year. Ephesians 5:15–17 is a passage that can help us in ordering our priorities and establishing our direction for 2019, and I believe there are three truths that God would have us to consider.See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.—Ephesians 5:15–171. Our Time on Earth Is LimitedGod reminds us of this truth in Psalm 39:4: “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.”I remember (barely) in my teen years, that I thought seventy years old was just shy of eternity! Now as I quickly close in on that important landmark, it seems like such a brief journey. Everything depends on perspective, and we are to have a measured perspective. We do not have endless days or multiple lives to be obedient Christians, great spouses, godly parents, and loyal friends. We have a measured number of days. In Psalm 90:12, the Lord gives us more to consider: “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.”Several years ago, I read an article entitled “Dead Ahead.” It described a new clock that was being sold for $99.99. The Dead Ahead clock kept track of how much time you had left in your life. It was programmed for seventy-five years for men and eighty years for women. Every day when you got up and every evening before you pillowed your head, you could see how much time remained in your pilgrimage on earth. I hope the goal was to inspire wise living—not eat, drink, and be merry living! We as believers should not even boast of tomorrow, for we know our days are numbered and to be used wisely, which leads us to our next principle.2. Make the Most of Every Worthwhile OpportunityPaul told us to redeem the time, because the times in which we live and the world in which we live is evil. One of the shades of meaning of that word evil is the thought of being worthless. We live in days when people spend their time, energy, and resources on worthless pursuits—things that do not matter and will not last. We as believers are to live lives that are worthwhile! Satan is a thief and his desire is to steal the best years, the best desires, the best goals of our lives and move us toward the worthless.Part of redeeming the time is carefully recognizing that we are to seize every opportunity to learn of Jesus. If we are not wise, we can miss what Mary saw. Martha was busy and cumbered with much that was good to do, but she was not careful about attending to the best.When our lives become a flurry of activity without time dedicated to sitting at the feet of Jesus, we have allowed Satan to steal something very important from us. Jesus taught us that we cannot live by bread alone, but that we need every word that comes from the Lord. We must be careful to redeem the time, but we must seize the most worthwhile opportunities in our lives. In our world, it is easy to be overcome with commitments, information, and possessions, but we must make wise choices. To make wise choices requires us to understand the final principle.3. Understand What the Will of the Lord IsI would never suggest that I know what the will of God is specifically for anyone's life but my own. I would, however, make one suggestion for all of us about discovering and doing His will in the New Year. Make your greatest priority your relationship with the Lord. Making your relationship with the Lord your number one priority will find you prioritizing church attendance, devotional time, family time, and even spending and giving practices. When our relationship with the Lord becomes our number one priority, it is amazing how our whole perspective on life falls into a worthwhile pattern.Robert E. Lee guided his life with the phrase, “Carpe Diem!” or “Seize the day!” Let's seize the day, the year, the life—but let us add to that thought: “Seize the day to the glory of God!”
Living in Spiritual Victory We find written in the Word of God the words, “He brought them out that He may bring them in.” This statement refers to the children of Israel. They were delivered from Egyptian bondage. The purpose for their deliverance was not that they might wander in the desert, but that they may enter into the promised land. The desert wandering was an unnecessary detour. God does not desire for us to wander in the desert but to have victory in the promised land.Victory for the child of God is accomplishing the will of God for his life. Jesus said in John 4:34, “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to finish His work.” Meat represents satisfaction and sustenance. Thus, Jesus was saying that the thing which will bring joy or a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is to do the will of God and to finish His work.Too often people are delivered from the power of sin (thank God for this!); however, they really never get involved in the work of God. Churches often come out of a liberal denomination (this is the right thing to do); however they never really go on to minister to the community where they are located nor to the world through a great missionary program.The purpose of God for Israel was not just to get them out of Egypt. His purpose was to get them into the promised land.Missionaries often leave America and go to another country but, regrettably, never really get into the country. Oh, geographically they are in another country; however, they really never enter into the life of the people of the country in which they are located. It is sad to say, but too many missionaries leave their hearts somewhere other than where they are ministering.Let's determine to go into the promised land this year. We have been saved, now let us go on to a victorious Christian life. By the way, the victorious Christian life is not success (whatever that may be) but obedience to God's command. Many of us independent Baptists have come out of liberal denominations. It does us no good to spend the rest of our days bragging about it. Let's go in! God has a great work for us to do. It is regrettable but true that many who come out, never really go in. This is sad and a disgrace. It is a sin!During the tenure of Oliver Cromwell the British government began to run low on the silver they used for coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to investigate the local cathedral to see if any of the precious metal could be found there. After investigating they reported, “The only silver we could find was the statues of the saints standing in the corner.” To this the radical soldier and statesman of England replied, “Good! We will melt the saints and put them into circulation.”May the fervent heat of the Holy Spirit melt us and put us into circulation among the lost and dying multitude. God has brought us out. Let's not be satisfied with the desert. Let's go into the promised land. God desires to put you, your church, and your organization in a place of useful service which is the Christian's promised land.
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