“The Master and the Mission” in Matthew-49

I remember a preacher one time telling about this man who testified that he was saved and sanctified. The preacher went on to say that he should have added petrified. Some Christians today should perhaps add insulated. How much real contact do we have with the unsaved? I don't mean greeting them in passing; I mean some real involvement in their lives. Wait, aren't we supposed to be separate? I'm not suggesting that we be involved in their lifestyles or attitudes or wrong activities. If we don't invest some time with unsaved folk, how will they hear? But what if they lead me astray? If we have developed our convictions from the Word and not someone's input; if we are developing in discipleship day by day, we should draw adequate strength from God to be in the world but not of it. (Local churches have an obligation to gound people in the solid doctrines of Scripture). Jesus provides a wonderful example of this kind of involvement. Matthew speaks of it in Chapter 9, Verses 10-13: "And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples and when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." He was not influenced by His hearers. He was impacting them in His Father's strength and by being sensitive to His directions. We must not be spiritual wimps but be cast iron in our standards and in our belief in His Word. Selah! "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:10-11). Let's do it! Ron

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