Monthly Archives: September 2015

Missions and Living Sacrifices…

Paul wrote the first eleven chapters of Romans and then gave a life altering call. He gave a compelling invitation!!!  We sometimes belittle preachers for giving an “Altar Call.” Consider Romans 12:1-2. This is definitely an “Altar Call.” It also may be the biggest “Therefore” in all of Scripture. Think about it… “I beseech you therefore…” How powerful are those words? Let’s just say, “POWERFUL”! On the basis of Paul’s “Constitution” of theology consuming eleven chapters, Paul begs us to be “Living Sacrifices.” This is where MISSIONS comes in. Every missionary has to come to grips with Paul’s “Therefore.” And give serious attention to his “Altar Call.” Even a surface understanding of Paul’s Spirit driven theological explosion in Romans cries out for a response. That response cannot produce anything less than “Living Sacrifices.”

Now for a real challenge. Consider this question. Am I living as a “Sacrifice” for my Lord and my God? The Lord demands an answer. After He has done everything necessary for my salvation and for me to see beyond my days in the flesh, am I a “Living Sacrifice?” Paul knew what he was writing… he was not in some kind of a trance! If he was spiritually alert enough to plunge into the depths of the theology he wrote, he was spiritually awake enough to be a “Living Sacrifice.” Maybe Paul’s theology is beyond us? Maybe our grasp of his words is too superficial for us to respond with our lives! Maybe so!!! The bottom line is this… If you grasp Paul’s theology, you grasp his “Altar Call” to be a “Living Sacrifice.”

Paul closed Romans with this beautiful prayer… Romans 16:25-27 Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, 26 But now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: 27 To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.  

“A Good Samaritan” A Lesson for us all!

Recently I saw something that blessed me in a tremendous way! Last week as I was drinking a cup of coffee I saw a neatly dressed woman and man get out of their SUV to get gas and coffee. As the woman approached the door she noticed a black lady smoking a cigarette with her head bobbing, listening to some music. I knew the black lady, I’ve seen her all over Greenville pushing a grocery cart. By this time the lady had picked up her things in Dunkin’ Donuts and made her way back to her truck. I thought she and her husband were leaving. She returned however, to greet the black lady who had continued to smoke and listen to her music. What took place was beautiful! The lady leaned over and spoke kindly to the black lady. It was obvious that she had done this before. And then I noticed as she turned to leave she placed some money on the table before her new friend! Then with a smile and it looked like a tear, the lady headed back to her vehicle and she and her husband drove off. I noticed the tag on the truck was from New Jersey. I thought to myself, what a great snapshot of how Jesus would have us love people. Aside from the gift, the woman’s attitude and spirit was so Christlike! Let’s all be like the woman from New Jersey and show people Jesus every chance we get!