My friend, may I ask you a question? Is God’s Word intended only for those of a certain type and demeanor? Is it not powerful enough to reach everyone, just some of us? Are there some to whom God has no intention of saving so they are immune to it?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Here’s a recent newspaper quote: “I wouldn’t say that I’m a Christian or anything like that; but if I had to believe in something, it would be Jesus.” This statement really gave me cause for reflection. Did he truly mean that he had no belief system whatsoever? Could he have meant to convey that his existence was so mundane, so meaningless and desolate, that it had left him totally numb to the prospect that life itself had any meaning and that the future beyond the grave was without hope? It always strikes me as illogical and sad that someone with similar life experiences as myself, living and working within the same culture, could be confronted with the concept of Christ and merely shrug and walk away. Is God’s Word intended only for those of a certain ilk and demeanor? Is it not powerful enough to reach everyone? Are there some are immune to knowing God?
“A famous Methodist evangelist named Peter Cartwright was known for his uncompromising preaching. However, one day when the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, ‘Old rough and ready,’ came to Cartwright’s church, the elders warned the Pastor not to offend the President. In those days, the President had great power to influence a denomination for good or bad. Content that their Pastor would not say anything to discredit their church, the elders retired to the back of the sanctuary. When Cartwright got up to speak, the first words out of his mouth were, ‘I understand that President Andrew Jackson is here this morning. I have been requested to be very guarded in my remarks. Let me say this: Andrew Jackson will go to hell if doesn’t repent of his sin!’ The entire congregation gasped with shock at Cartwright’s boldness. How could this young preacher dare to offend the tough old general in public, they wondered. After the service, everyone wondered how the President would respond to Cartwright. When Andrew Jackson met the preacher at the door he looked at him in the eye and said, ‘Sir, If I had a regiment of men like you, I could conquer the world!’ When we appreciate the power of the Word of God and the Holy Spirit speaking from the lips of people with conviction we will make eternal differences.” (Paul Fritz, Sermoncentral.com)
The Bible tells us that God’s Word is for all men and intended to save all who believe. It is God’s will that all men should be saved. We should never, therefore, feel that it is fruitless or hopeless to continue our preaching and teaching just because so many will not believe or may be offended by what we say. God’s Word is powerful and its efficacy is unmatched. Nevertheless, we should not marvel that some, even those who are moved by sight of our Savior hanging upon the cross, will neither believe it or claim it as their own inheritance. The Bible tells us that many will be called through that Word but that few will heed the calling. Simply, for the Word to work faith it needs a heart that is emptied of the cares of this life. Unfortunately, with most hearts this is not true for many have burdened themselves with the things of this life and have crowded out the Word in their hearts. The image of Christ is there for but a moment but, since they have no purpose to believe, no will to change, it is extinguished leaving for some but a brief and tender memory of something that is good but simply not for them. We can find comfort in this, however. God’s Word will not return void. Where it is preached there will be Christians. That is a promise we can continue to share with others.
We pray. Heavenly Father, Your Word is powerful and it will bear fruit in the lives of those who cast out the cares of this world in preparation for a good soil in which that Word can take root, grow and produce a crop of righteousness. Forgive us when we doubt its power or misunderstand its course. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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