What’s Missing?

What’s missing in many ministries today. There are elements in local church ministry that were common back in the forties to mid-fifties. They are conspicuous by their absence in far too many churches today. Let me mention some of these. Are Christians being challenged to “surrender” to God’s will for their lives; to be willing to serve Him in full time Christian ministry? Are we being motivated to have a passion to win the “lost?” Do we have a burden for souls to be won? Are standards of holiness being taught today? How many are being taught real “separation” from the world? Is the horror of “Hell” ever spoken of anymore? Could this be accounted for by our drifting into an anemic caricature of vital Christianity that is primarily characterized by, “What’s in it for me?” Preaching salvation that requires little, if any, real and full commitment to the Lordship of Jesus, has fostered conversions that may not be genuine. These conversions may only be intellectual; not Spiritual. Jesus said, in Matthew 10:38, “And he that taketh not His cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me.” Whatever that implies, nothing short of a full commitment to Christ, can be assumed to be a genuine conversion. In the last two stanzas of, “Take My Life and Let It Be,” Frances R. Havergal has made our responsibility clear. This is what she wrote, “Take my will and make it Thine — It shall be no longer mine; Take my heart — it is Thine own, It shall be Thy royal throne, It shall be Thy royal throne. Take my love –my Lord, I pour At Thy feet its treasure store; Take myself and I will be ever, only, all for Thee, ever, only, all for Thee.” Selah! This kind of life is not accomplished overnight. It is, however, the beginning, direction and climax of authentic conversion. Anything less will fail us in the end and will continue to produce converts that may assume they are saved when, in reality, they may not be.    Ron

Questions? E-mail me at knowingtheway1@gmail.com 

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