There’s simply no greater motivation for evangelism than gratitude for God’s grace. If we’re grateful for the blessings that we ourselves enjoy in Christ, the first thing we’ll want to do is share those blessings with other people. Let’s be grateful evangelists!
Daily Family Bible Studies
The choice whether to obey the gospel and faithfully accept God’s gift is a choice of great consequence. When we choose to obey God, we choose life over death. In passages like Romans 2:5-11, these two alternatives are made very clear.
Just as the devil does his work by deception, God does His work by truth. Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Are we willing to search for and hold on to truth? The wise man said, “Buy the truth, and do not sell it.”
Neither the individual nor the collective part of our service to God can be neglected without serious consequences. But in the end, we will not be saved just because we have had our name on the membership roster of a sound church. We ourselves must be sound in the faith.
Do you wish to wear the name “Christian” (Acts 11:26)? If so, Christ must be the standard by which you make every decision. His purpose is to reign in love and wisdom over every aspect of your life, not only on Sunday but on Monday through Saturday as well.
We may find ourselves setting aside the parts of God’s instructions that we find objectionable. But surely this approach will not work. If God is our Creator, than all of His will must be taken seriously. We are not free to disregard some parts of God’s will.
The invitation of the gospel of Christ is to come to God and receive the forgiveness of our sins. That is a truly wonderful invitation. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The gospel is God’s means of inviting us to find rest in Him.
Deep, rich family relationships thrive in the natural soil of contentment and gratitude, not in the hothouse of financial or material prosperity. And if we’ve not yet learned this lesson, our families are probably suffering as a result of our ignorance.
Whatever we’ve done in the past, are we willing to demonstrate courage today? Are we willing to make a genuine commitment to God? And will we faithfully confess our commitment as long as we live? If so, we have the makings of true discipleship.
What counts for goodness in God’s sight is what we do about the wrong we talk against so much. At the judgment, we’ll be judged not on our words or our ideals or what we knew to do. Our judgment will be based on what we actually did.