IS OUR JOB?
Written by: Peter Denby
Since before Christ died for us our job has been the same. We are to go and teach the world. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:17-18
We are not told that we are to go save the world. The reason that I mention this is that so many people feel that they are not being effective with their ministry and yet they have forgotten that our job is to get the Word out. The Holy Spirit will do the convicting of the heart. Just go out and teach - teach - teach. And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:46-47
God DOES know what He is doing! While the Holy Spirit can work without you, our job is to lay the ground work. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Let us be fruitful and multiply in the most important way possible. Greater love has no person than he lay his life down for another. Jesus laid His life down for all of us even before we were concieved. Now we need to thank Him by getting the Word out to all nations. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 Thus we need to make sure that we are not slack in our duties toward God. We need to make sure that we too are not slack concerning His promise; but are longsuffering to all, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Remember that someone taught you. Where would you be today if some one had not been there to teach you what you needed to do? You would be lost! You would be without Christ and the peace that knowing Him offers. You would be headed for eternal life in Hell! Now you have the oppertunity to be at peace and to go to Heaven. Why would you be so selfish as to not offer the opportunity to others through your teaching? Charity
suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I would also hope that the person (or persons) who taught you about the Lord, continued by teaching you what you needed to do as a new Christian. Our job to teach all nations is not just to teach them unto salvation! We have a responsibility to take care of any new Christian as we would take care of our own children. The same way that we would not ask our children to grow up without proper physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment, we should want to nurture the growth of all new Christians. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14
Today many people are also trying to make sure that they have their ears tickled. These are the people that need to be taught the most. Their hearts are hardened against the Lord. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
This scripture does NOT give us the right to take a vacation from teaching the Word. We are to teach when convenient, as well as when it inconveniences us. It is no fun to teach someone who wants to end his or her life right there in front of you while you are standing on a bridge in cold, wet, winter weather BUT we are commanded to do so anyway. We hold that person’s soul in our hands.
“You Never Mentioned Him To Me.”
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When in the better land
Before the bar we stand,
How deeply grieved our souls may be;
If anyone lost one there
Should cry in deep despair,
“You never mentioned Him to me.”
“You never mentioned Him to me.
You helped me not the light to see;
You met me day by day
You knew I was astray,
Yet never mentioned Him to me.”