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Drawing or Pushing Away?

August 1, 2016

Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God[a] which He purchased with His own blood. Acts 20:28 (NKJV)

This charge to the church is one that we must make a reality in our churches. This is not a suggest to to the Shepard and leaders. This is the word of God that give specific direction to those he has given charge over his people, those purchase with a price at Calvary. It is the churches duty, it Holy ordinance and responsibility to ensure the care of those Jesus came to save. We must be diligent in drawing the lost to Christ. We can not by word or deed alienate those we are bound by the word of God to lead to Christ. Too often those that come seeking are being turned away by the churches that should be drawing them into the fold. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:37(KJV) If the very Son of God, the Holy lamb will not turn any away, how indeed shall we? We wonder why there are so many lost and dying in a sin sick world, without taking in account, the actions that turn so many away. How they dress, where they live, what their financial status may be…not any of those are of consequence to God. I was told by one deacon how their church had refuse to let a member return because she had given birth to an interracial child. I have loved you, not by your works, your perfection or your sinless life. “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” (Jeremiah 31: 3)

I recently spoke with a man that told me of how people in the church had laughed at him while he was leading a song. I thank God that he looks at our willingness.

In the church I grew up in, everyone was encouraged and supported to edify and grow their gifts. Not one of us was perfect and sinless when we came to Jesus. How can Jesus add to the church daily if we keep turning away the very ones he came to save?

Jesus can use anyone and build upon the Spiritual gift He has placed within them. “All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” (John 6:37) When we look through the history of the Bible, we won’t find one perfect soldier that God activated to join His army. If there were one perfect person, God would not have to send His Son for a ‘Sacrificial Lamb’. Use the gifts God placed in your ministry and allow them to exercise their gifts for the edification of the Kingdom. Encourage, nourish, teach and build upon their gifts. God placed these gifts in each of us as it pleases Him and not us or our neighbors.

Prayer: Father, I thank You that I came to You just as I was. I was a sinner, wounded and lost. You took me in, cleaned me up and saved a wretch like me. I thank You that I did not have to be perfect and You loved me enough to accept all my flaws and sins.

 

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One Comment
  1. This a good post, an it hurts my heart as a leader, when those are wounded in the body; by the body. You’re right we must do better! Great post!

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