Jesus spoke of the age to come. Are we preparing for this? Are we preparing for the judgment seat of Christ and living in light of eternity? Are we confessing our sin to Him? Are we living a life of continual and increasing repentance? Are we putting to death the deeds of the flesh, killing sin, taking up our cross and following Him? Are we putting to death SELF? Is our cry, “Not my will O Lord but THY will be done!”? We are exhorted to not sin willfully nor walk after the flesh. Are we devoted to Him, living for Him, suffering for Him? Are we listening to Him? Do we obey Him? Paul talked about pressing on toward the goal for the prize. Are we being sanctified through trials and suffering? Are we reproached at all for obeying and representing the Lord Jesus? Are we being tried and purified by His refining fire- now? Are we abiding in Him and bearing good fruit? Are we obeying His commandments and walking in the Spirit? Are we staying on the narrow road? Are we loving and serving the saints of God? Are we bringing people to Jesus and making disciples? Are we doing whatever He is telling us to do? Are we loving NOT the world? Are we separating ourselves unto Christ? Are we doing the deeds and will of our Father?
When He is done wiping the tears from our eyes, after the fire has burned through to judge the quality of our work, then whatever worthy part that remains, we shall lay that down at His feet. And then.. the age to come.
Audio: Have you heard this yet? The Judgment seat of Christ
Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. 2Cor5:9
While looking for news about the Haiti relief effort a few weeks back, I ended up on the World Vision site where I saw a link to the book, The Hole in Our Gospel, by Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision. Looking for information about this book, I found two interviews with statements that are very important for us to understand at this time, so that we may continue to be found faithful to our Lord Jesus Christ.
In this Sojourners interview, Stearns discusses his philosophy of ministry and his position on the president’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Read the Sojo interview here at this link.
In this PBS interview, Stearns discusses World Vision’s policy on religion, evangelism and proselytization, as well as his position on Obama’s Faith Based Task Force.
Watch the PBS interview here at this link.
Please continue reading for a collection of quotes from these interviews, and my analysis and exhortation to all the saints.
Someone asked about feeling like a “failure” in witnessing. I shared what I heard Mark Cahill teach at a meeting a few weeks ago. He said there is no such thing as failure in sharing the Gospel, only success. Here are three scenarios:
1. You witness. The person trusts Christ and becomes a child of God. Success!
2. You witness. You are unsure what the result is. You have planted a seed that may later sprout into true faith. Success!
3. You witness. The person rejects the Gospel, mocks Christ, blasphemes God, calls you names and tells you where you can go. You have been faithful to the Lord in love and obedience to Him in your witnessing endeavor. Success!