I'd like to share with you two things today's study reminded me of.
First, you've heard me talk about Glenda, our pastor's wife. Well, she used to sell World Book and Childcraft. When she tells of those days, she includes the statement, "If people don't buy, they aren't rejecting you, they are rejecting the product." She reminds us that it is the same when witnessing. The lost are not rejecting us, they are rejecting Jesus.
Secondly, this study reminded me of Sunday's sermon. Our pastor said that there are some preachers he knows and even some "TV" preachers who don't preach about Hell. When asked why not, some of these men said they don't want to offend anyone. His reply, "What part of Hell are you afraid you will offend them to?"
What does any of this have to do with anything?
We all need to hear the truth. Whether we want to our not. The truth is....
If we do not have a personal relationship with him, then we will not go to heaven when we die. If we reject him, we will spend eternity in Hell.
It is my job as one of His disciples to spread that message, to spread his love. If that message offends anyone, take it up with Him. The Bible says:
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shold not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that Godhas raised Him from the dead you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Romans 10:9-10
For whoever will call upon the name of the Lord Jesus will be saved. Romans 10:13
My friend, I don't know why God loves us this much, but I am so glad he does. I am so wretched. I don't deserve to go to heaven, but I thank God that through Jesus Christ I am reconciled to Him.
If you don't believe what I do, I urge you to get yourself a HOLY BIBLE. Read it. Let God speak to you through it. Find out for yourself how much He loves you.
If me spreading God's message offends, I will not take it personally, yet He will.