Jesus asked: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26 NKJV) Many have exchanged their souls for friendship with the world. Abraham “’believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.’ And he was called the friend of God” (James 2:23 NKJV). “Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4 NKJV). What have you done to be a friend of the world, being: “unholy and profane, murderers of fathers and mothers, manslayers, fornicators, sodomites, kidnappers, liars, perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” (1 Timothy 1:9-11 NKJV)? Swap those sins for The Savior today!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
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Paul exhorted the Philippian Christians to diligence and seriousness in the Christian life. His teachings to these brethren provide us with some soul searching question. He wrote,
“Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.” (Philippians 2:12-17)
Ask yourself these questions and give an honest answer.
Are you being obedient to God in life?
Christians must be diligent and serious in their Christian obedience. Paul wrote, Continue reading
Thanks for tuning in readers, and welcome to another episode of “What Requires Immediate Attention?”
Here’s how we play: you will be given two scenarios and will choose the one that requires immediate, correct action. Right choices can lead to eternal bliss, while wrong ones may provide some earthly relief, but promise little eternal happiness.
Okay. Here we go…
Our first two scenarios are (choose only one): balance the bank account or obey the gospel? DING! Time’s up! What was your answer? If you chose balancing the old bank balance, you probably will avoid overdrafts, but your action probably won’t save your soul.
Of course, what requires immediate attention is to obey the gospel. Matthew 6:33 is instructive here. Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” All the things Jesus mentions are those things we need to live in this world. There’s always plenty of time to balance the bank account, but there may not be all the time in the world to obey the gospel, right? None of us are guaranteed existence in this world tomorrow. Best obey the gospel NOW!
All right. Hope your answer was the right one! Your soul depended on it!
The toughest question I was ever asked, was by an elder in the church before I became a Christian. He asked me, “Have you thought about your soul?”: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2008/10/05/have-you-thought-about-your-soul/
I was 15 years old at the time, and I had never been asked that question. For some time, my grandmother had been urging me to obey the gospel. After pondering this question in light of Scripture, I came to the conclusion that my soul was indeed in great jeopardy of being eternally lost.
I quickly decided that my soul was far more important than anything else I could imagine. There was no rational reason whatsoever to delay my obeying the Lord in baptism any longer, and thus I was baptized on January 1, 1960.
I’ve never regretted the decision.
Due to the fact that we live in Tanzania, we are at greater risk for crime. Our rental house has bars on all windows, metal security doors in addition to the wood doors. We have an electric fence on top of the tall concrete fence around the property, with a tall metal gate that is padlocked at night. We also have two German shepherds. Those extra measures of security are nice to have and the dogs and electric fence are particular deterrents, but our fail-proof security measure is being in Christ. Even if someone were to destroy our bodies, they cannot touch our souls. I think sometimes we get things turned around and put a great amount of emphasis on guarding our physical possessions, but we let our guard down when it comes to our souls.
What song is in my heart today? There Is A Balm In Gilead (based on Jeremiah 8:18-22). Why? Like everyone else, I get discouraged from time to time, but when I go to the Lord in prayer, my soul is once again revived and refreshed, realizing that the Lord will give me the strength to “keep on keeping on” (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Sometimes I feel discouraged and think my work’s in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.
Ideas to revive a church? Well, Revelation 2:5 and Revelation 3:2-3 lists some specifics on revival. Members have to be motivated from within, to realize the urgency of taking the gospel of Christ to the lost. If they are not motivated from within themselves, no outside motivation will do much good.
The bottom line is: We have to internalize the fact that people are lost in sin, then get up off our duffs and go to work to remedy the problem. We have to be concerned for the souls of men: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/02/03/being-concerned-for-precious-souls/
We have to love other people as we do ourselves (Matthew 22:39).