From Pastor’s Desk: 6-18-17
Acts 26:28-29 Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?” 29 Paul replied, “Short time or long–I pray God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.”
“Short time or long…” Paul would stay the course, no matter what it took, how long it took, and no matter where he had to go to proclaim the gospel to a world lost without Christ Jesus. He would become all things to all men that by any means he would win them to Christ. He would not let those in authority intimidate or inhibit him. He would face the very jaws of hell to win a soul for the Lord.
Are we ready, “Short time or long” to do whatever it takes? It may mean setting aside differences. Personalities must not get in the way. Our likes and dislikes must not dictate to whom we present the gospel. The “Pedigree” of certain people must not be a factor in whether we share the gospel with them. The skid-row bum is as much a candidate for hearing the gospel as the rich man living in up-scale suburbia. The teen who disrupts his/her own life by making a bad choice, not realizing the effect of a moment of ecstasy from which motherhood/fatherhood is thrust instantly upon them, desperately needs the life-changing gospel. The person who is about to throw away everything by choosing to live an “alternate” lifestyle and change (or try to) who they were born to be.
Oh, the list could go on and on. Church, we cannot, we dare not turn away from those who need the gospel. It is the only word that is “the power of God unto salvation.”