“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10 :14
What a great weekend we had at InStep conference! Great teaching, great singing, great fellowship, great food, great speakers - but there is something that holds a far greater reward.
Responding in obedience as faithful witnesses of the gospel, will be far greater than any of the temporary benefits we enjoyed over the weekend. Responding in obedience using “only one verse, five minutes of time with a little bit of courage” has the potential to be what God uses through us, to make an eternal difference to a lost soul.
But what can happen is we procrastinate. We get caught up in the ‘fear of man’ thing. We love the truth of the gospel and all that it means for us and for sinners, but to go the next step and share it is another story!
I like what J. MacArthur said in his book, Twelve Ordinary Men: “It is wonderful to have a high regard for the truth, but zeal for the truth must be balanced by a love for people, or it can give way to judgmentalism, harshness, and a lack of compassion.”
Let us never loose compassion for people. Let us never be so insular that compassion for the lost is a secondary thing. Let us respond and be motivated by our InStep theme and message, to be faithful witnesses, for that is successful evangelism. Let us be motivated like William Carey and “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God” for “procrastination is the assassination of motivation.” [Grace quotes]