God has called us to preach the Good News to the poor. It is REALLY Good News! Christ has done what we cannot…he has paid a debt beyond our means. He has brought us to the throne room of the Father and we may enter freely, totally reconciled to Him! Hallelujah!
But what about the poor? Do they get the Good News? Are we to force it on them? Heaven forbid that we would change it to ensure its acceptance! I have been conversing recently with a young man who knows not the Lord Jesus. He has been attending our home meetings but, by his own admission, has “Authority Issues” and is not prepared to set Jesus as Lord of his life.
He is still logically seeking answers and reading the Bible, finding it difficult to stomach some of the Old Testament. We know this will remain a difficulty for him while “the veil” still remains.
“Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.” 2 Corinthians 3:16
One may think that the presence of this young man in our meeting may suggest that he is indeed turning to the Lord, and I hope that such is the outcome; however, in our zealousness to see a soul saved from the eternal tragedy of hell, oftentimes we can find ourselves being…well…soft. Not loving…SOFT.
After much ineffective appealing, questioning, and presentation of scripture by all present at the meeting, as the young man was leaving still dead in his sin, someone asked him, “Would you like it if everyone present prayed for you everyday this week?” I was a little surprised by the question and I certainly didn’t expect much of an answer, however, his response presented an opportunity to put things into perspective (whether the young man caught it or not, it was a great reminder for me!). In response to the question the young man replied, “It would be better if you all prayed for a more worthy cause.” Immediately I responded, “The fact is, Jesus is worthy to have your life, it’s not actually about you, its about Him.”
When one refuses to receive the Good News for their own good…we must remember, Jesus has paid the ultimate price for all of us and deserves to receive what He has paid for!
I was listening to some teaching yesterday by John Bevere and he stated that the word “Lord” means, supreme master and includes the meaning of ownership. We have been bought and paid for by the precious blood of Jesus and He deserves all that we have and more!