Monday, March 24, 2014

BOLD Christian Outreach Reflections from Psalm 24

Subtitle: Seekers Will Find God


Who may go up the LORD'S mountain? Who may stand in his holy place? [The one who] has clean hands and a pure heart and does not long for what is false or lie when he is under oath. [This person] will receive a blessing from the LORD and righteousness from God, his savior. This is the person who seeks him, who searches for the face of the God of Jacob.” Psalm 24:3-6 (God’s Word, Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, www.godsword.org)

Those who desire to be with God will find Him. Those who resist the Spirit and reject God will be rejected by God. The promises of God only apply to those who by faith submit to His power and authority over them. It takes God’s Spirit working through God’s Word to rescue an unbeliever from the grip of Satan and bring them into a new life in Jesus Christ. As Christians our role in this rescue is to faithfully proclaim God’s Word and God will take care of the rest. This work takes place in the midst of genuine relationships with our neighbors.

Our witness begins in our neighborhood. We proclaim God’s Word through our actions, our humility, our failures, our acts of love, and in the midst of conversations with those we have built genuine relationships. We live as salt, melting away the ice within stone cold hearts. We live as light, guiding people toward the Savior. God promises to do the rest!

To those who are looking for God, he says,
Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will be opened for you.
To those who are broken by the weight of their sin and guilt, he says,
I have come to bind up the broken and to open the eyes of the blind.

To us, he asks, How can they hear, unless they are told? 
How can they see unless their eyes are opened?
For (the Gospel, that is, God’s Word) is the power unto salvation to everyone who hears it.

It is the power of the Spirit of God working through his Word that calls, gathers, enlightens, and leads seekers to faith in Jesus Christ. I know that I did not come to God by my own reason or strength, but it was the power of the Holy Spirit that worked faith in me, to believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. And God promises that He will give that gift of faith to everyone who seeks after Him.

Jesus invites seekers to listen to him,
Those who have the ears to hear, listen to what I have to say.
These are the ones who receive the promises of God spoken to us by the Psalmist.
[This person] will receive a blessing from the LORD and righteousness from God, his savior. This is the person who seeks him, who searches for the face of the God of Jacob.

Here is an outreach promise and word of encouragement from Psalm 24:
Be BOLD in your outreach! Do not give up!
Trust in God!
Be faithful in your work and the Holy Spirit will create faith within the hearts of those who are seeking the Lord.

They will see God face to face.  

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