Tuesday, 10/26/21 – Pressing on… There is a Cost to Know Christ

There is a Cost to Know Christ

It may cost you TIME

If you want to know Christ it may cost you some Facebook time. It may cost you some T.V. time. It may cost you some recreational time. It may cost you some sleep time, and it may even cost you all the hours of all your days, your lifetime.

It may cost you MONEY

If you want to know Christ it may cost some “mad” money – that superfluous money you had designated for squandering and “self”-indulgence. It may cost you some investment money – money you planned to set aside in silo two, rainy day or retirement money. It may cost you dining out money, coffee money, or grocery money. It may cost you rent or mortgage money. In fact, it may cost you all the money you have as you help the poverty stricken buy some bread, or support a missionary, a child, or fund a church in a faraway land.

It may cost you ENERGY

If you want to know Christ it may cost you some exercise energy. It may cost you some recreational energy. It may cost you energy for hobbies, or work, or breathing! It may cost all the energy you have as you walk a stranger’s second mile, help your neighbour build his garage, or the disaster stricken rebuild their village.

It may cost you LIFE

In short, if you want to know Christ It may cost you all your life! In fact, it very likely will. In fact, you can be certain of it. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matt. 16:25). If you want to know Christ you must be willing… willing just as He was willing… willing to die.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.“ (Gal. 2:20). / “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:3).

There is a Cost to know Christ. Sit down and estimate it (Luke 14:28). Choose to surrender it (Matt. 13:44-46). Though this cost be all the above it is a cost “not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed…” (Rom. 8:18).

More tomorrow…

To hear this past Sunday’s message, go to the Facebook page of Lincoln Baptist Church, or link to the livestream from the church website.

Thursday, 10/7/21 – Evangelism: ‘Ding dong,’ ‘Knock knock’…

Evangelism: ‘Ding dong,’ ‘Knock knock’…

She came regularly to our door, left her literature and departed. If we met her as she came and told her we wanted none of what she offered, still, no matter, in a few week’s time she would be back, leave her literature, then go. We grew amazed at the frequency of her visits, the glossy pages of her materials and the scope of her territory, for others too we learned were subjects of her persistence. Some, we found, had become great devotees to her cause, even though in time it had cost them greatly.

You might say she was a model evangelist! Her persistence was admirable; her zeal was undeniable. I thought… if only God’s people were as dedicated… as determined to spread the good news of the gospel as she was to spread the message she brought! Yes, she was a model ambassador… she… our area Avon representative.

In parable Jesus once said, “…the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light.” (Luke 16:8). Of the Prince of demons and tyrant of this earth He said, “… the devil… is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Rev. 12:12).

Now certainly there is nothing evil about Avon! I am merely contrasting the zeal with which the world pursues its temporal things against the seeming indifference with which the saints of God obey His command to love and to go into all the world as His ambassadors.

We too have but a short time left. Soon this curtain of life, this opportunity to serve, to trust, to live by Faith, to be brave for God, to even die for Him will pass. Death will be behind us… behind them… and all eternity will loom ahead of us… of them… fixed in bliss for some, in torments for others.

As a well-known refrain from a poem by British missionary C.T Stud expresses,

“Only one life, ‘twill soon be past; Only what’s done for Christ will last.” – C.T. Studd, Only One Life

Christ is standing at your door and knocking now. He will not run off. He will stay there until you either invite Him in, or die. Invite Him in today. If you already have, then do something for Him… something that will last… today!

Press on…

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