June 24, 2020

Brothers and Sisters,

(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

As I sit here this morning, I’m thinking about the countless millions across our land that the god of this world has blinded their minds.  The god of this world, Satan, has blinded the minds of men and women to the point to where the gospel is hid from their view.

Jesus gave us the great commission in Matthew 28:19-20, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

As a Christian this is our mandate.  From the moment we got saved, our number one priority should be to carry the gospel (the good news) to everyone in our sphere of influence.  Sometimes it does get frustrating because it seems as if the harder we try to reach the lost with the gospel, the more we are rejected.  It’s easy to just throw in the towel or wonder “what’s the use?”  Nobody seems to care so why should we continue to share the gospel.  Wouldn’t it be easier if we just go our way and let them go their own way?  This is exactly what Satan wants us to do.  Where would we be if those Christians who came before us had this same attitude?  Would we have ever heard the gospel?  Probably not. 

I hear people say that seeing someone getting saved is few and far between in our day.  I’ve even made this same statement myself.  But is this cause to stop going and preaching and teaching and witnessing to those who are blinded?  I don’t think so because if only one sinner comes to repentance, how much is that worth?

(Luke 15:4-7)  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

(Mark 8:36-37)  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

Jesus knew that one soul was worth more than the combined wealth of this entire world, so He commissioned each of us to go into the entire world and teach them to observe all things whatsoever He commanded us to do. 

If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not.  Our job is to keep the light of the glorious gospel shining for all to see.  One day that light shined on you and me.  As a result, we are now the children of God and have a glorious future to look forward to.  It should sadden all of our hearts to just think about all those millions who have been blinded by the god of this world.  This should serve as motivation enough to continue on with the great commission that Jesus left us with.

Bro. Rick

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