We've been having a missions conference at the church I attend. It has been a greatly needed series of messages. Each one has impacted this girl right here, as well as others.
The first night started on charity. In order to reach the lost, we are to have charity. However, charity is supernatural in that it comes of God, not of us. In order to have it in our lives means we are to have a relationship with God (through His blessed Son Jesus Christ), and be living in the Spirit, not in the flesh. We are to be loving God the way we should before we are ever able to love another person. Once things are where they ought to be, we will be able to be charitable with others. (1 Corinthians 13-14:1; Colossians 3:1-4; 2 Peter 1:5-8; Galatians 5:16, 19-26; 1 John 4:7-12, 16-21; Matthew 22:37-40; Ephesians 2:4; Romans 5:5; 1 John 5:1-3)
The second night spoke of being a living sacrifice. We are to sacrifice this flesh's desires and wants on the altar in place of a much better desire: that of God. Who we are and what we have are to be at the full disposal of God. It is our reasonable service. We are to shun the world's ways, and seek after His ways. We are to give Him a consecrated, acceptable offering of ourselves. After all God did for us, it is only reasonable that we give ourselves and all we have back to Him! (Romans 11:33-12; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Colossians 1:12-17; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20; Romans 8:28)
Last night spoke of "The Need For A Passion For Souls." Christ came to seek and save that which was lost, (which I used to be). He was moved by compassion, and we should be, too. He wants us to see the need and be in a constant, fervent prayer for the lost. Outside of Him, their destiny is Hell. He told that truth to them: some repented, some scoffed, some were indifferent. Regardless, the truth needs to be told. We don't want their blood on our hands. This last message was very convicting to me, for indeed I need to do more to reach a lost and dying world. (Matthew 9:32-38; Luke 19:8-10; Mark 10:35-45; Romans 5:6-8; Ephesians 2:11-13; Luke 15:3-7; Ephesians 2:1-3; Luke 16:27, 28; Ezekiel 33:7-9; Acts 1:8)
Today's word of wisdom again comes from the Bible. Christ is the Sum of Wisdom, so it is fitting to hear what He has to say:
Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest."