If you read yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, you'll be aware that I planned to go worship with my church family, at Walkerville Evangelical Baptist Church (WEBC).
Just as I planned to do, I did it. And, arrived in time for the Adult Sunday School class, again.
Afterwards, we went upstairs into the sanctuary. A fellow who has come out to the Christian Singles' Café (CSC) on the first (1st) Friday of the month, and who had participated in our group's Games/Pizza night in November, and in our Christmas dinner night, told me he might join me at WEBC.
To be honest, I didn't really know for sure if this man would show up. He told me he'd have to think about it.
You see, he's an ATHEIST. He does not believe that God even exists.
He had told our group previously, that he had been raised Catholic. However, when he began reading the Bible, he came to the conclusion that the Catholic church's teaching had lied to him (his words, not mine!). Then, after another problem within the church, he walked away. And, decided that there was absolutely no god.
Being a born-again Christian, it broke my heart hearing this. It would have been the same, no matter who the person was, who would tell me such a thing.
So, even though I barely know this fellow, I was glad he showed up to see what it is like to worship at a Baptist church. Especially, since the message spoken was exactly what I believed this man needed to hear.
You see, even though our pastor would have preached a wonderful sermon, we had other guests. A (married) couple of missionaries, who we support, came to update us on their work for Christ.
I praised God, that when the husband spoke, he included a gospel message, and spoke about the need for salvation. Hallelujah!
Silently, I thanked God.
Although I could have thanked Him aloud, if I had so desired. I was sitting alone, close to the front so I could see lyrics for some of the music we sang, while my guest had preferred to be seated at the back, where no one would see that he wasn't singing or praying.
Sigh... :( :)
No matter what, those seeds for Christ have been planted, once again. I praise God for this, because every single person here on earth, needs to come to a saving relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ.
And, we as God's children are to help fulfill God's Great Commission.
Just as He told us, in Matthew 28:16-20, "Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.' ".
Please realize that I have not made an attempt to plant seeds for Christ, for my own purposes. I have no interest in this gentleman, on a personal level. He is not for me.
But, he is important to God. Just as every other person on the earth is.
And, I want to be obedient to my Lord.
After all, Jesus commanded the disciples to do what he wanted them to do. Just as you read above, they were to go... and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
They were also to teach them to obey everything He commanded them to do.
We, God's children, are no different. Once the disciples began doing what they were commanded to do, generations passed.
Now, we are those, who are commanded to do the same.
I do. Do you?
Until next time...
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