|Forum: Coffee Break|
| Topic: Bulletin Board|
|Re: Bulletin Board [message #12550 is a reply to message #12547 ]
||Tue, 25 September 2018 02:38
| Marilyn Crow
Registered: September 2013
|james wrote on Tue, 25 September 2018 02:18|
Called To Make A Difference...
Matthew 5:13-16 is straight from the mouth of Jesus, it's to us, all who name the Name of Christ. So why is our (the body of Christ/church) witness/influence not bearing more fruit? Why is it that we don't shine forth like a light on a hill? Why aren't the lost convicted of their ungodliness by our life's witness?
Charles Spurgeon said this in a sermon over 100 years ago:
"I believe that one reason why the church of God at this present moment has so little influence over the world is because the world has so much influence over the church."
We (the church/body of Christ), look and act so much like the world that what light is there is just a flickering candle as opposed to a shining bright light giving hope to those lost and walking in darkness. Our lives should draw people to God and His Glory, showing the way for them to behold the wonder of God and His great love. Leading to faith and trust in Jesus and His work at Calvary to redeem lost sinners.
Again as with almost everything I post on this forum I'm writing first to remind myself, then if someone else can be encouraged/edified/exhorted/admonished to good works and reminded of what we all already know we should be doing (but so often aren't), then praise the Lord.
`Let not your heart be troubled, bro....` The Lord is faithful and is well able to accomplish what he desires.
1. Israel. Jerusalem is the city that is set on the hill, a light to the world. (Matt. 5: 14)This will be fulfilled in the millennium. (Micah 4: 1 & 2)
2. The Body of Christ. The Lord is not about influencing or changing the world system but preparing it for judgment. (Ps. 110: 1)
The Lord is building up His body by His Holy Spirit, all over the world, (& down through the centuries). In every town, village and country, the Holy Spirit is bringing the Body to maturity in Christ - `...till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the fullness of the statue of Christ..` (Eph. 4: 13)
Man`s denominations, are joining ever closer with the world system and believers are leaving and gathering in small groups, encouraging, edifying and building each other up as by the Spirit of God. (Eph. 4:16)
Be encouraged bro the Body is holding fast to the Head -
`... from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase which is from God.`
Turn your eyes upon Jesus and believe He is doing what He said He will do.