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If I Be Lifted Up

July 28, 2013

I hear people in the church saying “everyone in the church is not saved”. Only God can look at the heart. We may not agree with their actions but we don’t know their hearts or their relationship with God.
One of the primary purposes of the church is to draw people to Christ. If you know some people in the church is not saved, what are you doing to draw the “unsaved” to Christ? How think ye? If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray? And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.(Matt. 18:12-13)
Are we judging, criticizing or lifting them up? When we become strong, we are to strengthen our brethren. If everyone was saved, Jesus died in vain. If we fell from Heaven with wings attached, you are better than most and you have already received your reward. And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:9-14)
For years, I was lost in a world of sin, but God had mercy and patience with me. I thank Him for dying and rising for a sinner like me; whom I was a chief of sinners.
Jesus came to save that which was lost. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.(Matt. 18:11) And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.
And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, how is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners?
When Jesus heard it, he smith unto them, they that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Mark 2: 15-17)
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (John 12:32) Are we lifting Him up or putting others down? I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
47 And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.(John 12:46-47) So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. (John 8:7, 9) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1John 2:1)
Are we teaching “how to be saved”? Are we bearing fruit? Are we drawing people or pushing them away? One day, I was one of the multitudes in the church that was not saved. Because I was not saved or could save myself, He died and rose for a sinner like me. I have heard people say; “God does not hear sinner’s prayers”. (False) If that is so, how does a sinner ask for forgiveness or pray the “repentance prayer”? I was drowning in a sea of sin. I cried out to God to save me; He reached down and saved me from an eternal punishment. If God saved me, He can save anybody. I was a wretch undone. I was not fit to live nor fit to die. With all my faults and sins, He looked beyond my “imperfections” and saw my needs. “Don’t look down on a person unless you are lifting them up”.
We can’t get ourselves right to be saved. We may run from Jesus for years but it does not take years for Jesus to save us. It is an instant experience. It can take place in a moment of time. Jesus said; “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10:9-10) The day we hear His voice, harden not your hearts. He is standing at the door of their hearts and knocking. Let us lift Jesus higher and higher and He will do the drawing. If you have anyone that you want God to draw, lift Him higher and higher.

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2 Comments
  1. Thank You Pastor Fairley for reminding us How God looked beyond “our” faults and saw our needs! We thank God that he did not leave us unchanged!

  2. Great post, as usual, you placed us in a position to remember what a mighty God WE serve~

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