Wow! My blog has been neglected… Sorry about that. I’ve been doing lots of other things for the Lord.
This past week I’ve been joining in with Spring Harvest Home. It has been awesome. I’ve listened to lots of the teaching, worship, and devotionals. It’s been so refreshing. This year’s theme is Unleashed and gosh how pertinent it has been. One of the things that has stuck with me this week is this story in Acts, ‘So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him. The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.‘ (Acts 12:5-10 NIV)
This story stuck with me because we feel like we are stuck at home and not able to spread the gospel, or be church together. This is not true. We are not locked up, rather we are saving others (and ourselves) from Coronavirus, while also exploring other ways of being church. The apostles didn’t have the internet, or phones. Most of us have at least a phone, if not the internet. We have access to so much more than the apostles could have ever imagined.
I’m doing all I can to minister to people, pray with/for people, and spread the gospel – all without leaving my house.
Another thing that has stuck with me throughout the week is how much God loves everyone. He loves the good people and the bad people. He loves everyone regardless of what they do, don’t do, their age, ability, race, culture, religion, sexuality, gender, etc. There is no one that he doesn’t love. How awesome is that? I knew it before, but it’s really lit a passion within me and sparks are flying around.
Romans 10:9-10 says, ‘If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.‘ All we need to do, in order to be saved into eternal life, is believe in Jesus! We don’t have to do ‘good’, we don’t have to be ‘good’. God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) won’t say, ‘ah, you believe, but you’re not good enough, so sorry you don’t qualify’ – no, there’s none of that.
As believers we are not to condemn either – we shouldn’t be looking at people with a checklist. We shouldn’t go around looking at others and saying, ‘he’s not good enough because he’s done bad, or not living by the principles that I live by, so therefore he can’t come into the Kingdom. We won’t let him in. We don’t want him to be saved…’
We have three main tasks:
- Love the Lord with all our heart, mind, and soul.
- Love others as ourselves.
- Spread the gospel.
That’s it! It’s that simple. We’re not required to try to stop people from entering the Kingdom of God or determine who is good-enough to serve God, or believe in Him and follow him. NO, we are just asked to love God, others, and spread the good news. So, let’s get on with doing what we’re supposed to be doing and let God get on with the rest.
I named this blog post ‘lost and found’ because we need to focus spreading the good-news to the lost, rather than trying to fit people who are already saved (found) into the boxes according to our own acceptability. Don’t look at those who already profess to be believers and decide whether or not they are really saved. Focus on loving them, and helping them in their discipleship. Then leave the 99 and go and find the 1 lost who God puts on your heart to reach.