It is not by the sword or the spear, by soldiers or by armed force that truth is to be promoted, but by counsel and gentle persuasion.
Contrary to what many people believe, God does not reward us based on how many people we lead to Jesus. He rewards us based on our obedience and faithfulness to His call and will.
Faith…needs to be matched with action. Belief is not just brain cells in motion. It demands a response. Do we do what we believe? If we believe in a seed, we plant it.
If Jesus returns tomorrow, then tomorrow I’ll rest from my labor. But today I have work to do. I must continue the struggle until it’s finished.
The true Christian is like the sun, which pursues its noiseless course, and everywhere leaves the effects of its beams in blessings upon the world around him.
Take that which God has given you and share it.
The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore – on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him ‘meek and mild,’ and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.
What if followers of Christ stopped looking for work in places where the MOST number of Christians lived and started looking for workplaces where the LEAST Christians lived?
The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time.
When the preferences of the church members are greater than their passion for the gospel, the church is dying.