Fishers 204

 

A Line From Us

We love being given gifts; whether it be birthdays or anniversaries, anticipated or a complete surprise, gifts are pleasant to receive. When we think of gifts, our minds conjure up images of physical presents - usually wrapped, normally given by someone who knows and loves us.

The greatest gift ever given, however, was only symbolically wrapped – in swaddling cloths – and first arrived in a manger in Bethlehem some 2000 years ago. It was given by One who foreknew us, and who loves us from everlasting to everlasting. Romans 6:23 says “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And in this succinct statement, Paul encapsulates the thrust of the Christian Gospel.


 

An immediate outcome of a sinner receiving this gift of salvation is that he is reconciled with God; “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1). The Peace Offering tells us more about this reconciliation with God and its overflow, such that we have peace one with another too. The Gracious Provision of God elucidates the manifold blessings of God that comes to us along with the salvation of our souls.

Many Christians think of God’s gifts as something they just sit back and accept. Whilst some divine blessings are indeed applied to us completely without any co-operation on our part (like salvation), many others require an active exertion to receive it. This is the crux of what God was telling the Israelites as they were on the plains of Moab, poised to conquer the Promised Land, “and you shall take possession of the land and live in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it” (Nm 33:53). God had given them the land, but they still had to fight the battles to possess it.

Man Available? is the second in a series of articles regarding the ministry of intercession, by which believers take possession of the many promised blessings of Christ for His Church. Christ has clearly commanded us, Follow Me, and I Will Make You …”. It is the Lord who will turn us into fishers of men, our duty, however, is to diligently and faithfully follow Him. One such evangelist has been used by God to reach out to her friend, who wrote a delightful testimony, A Letter to the One who Led Me to Christ. Such following of Christ, however, requires exertion and effort on our part; and some are not willing, to whom Solomon issues the warning, As the Door Turns on its Hinges, so the Sluggard on His Bed.

The richness of God’s gifts to us should make us ponder about our own giving to Him. What we give, and how much we are willing to sacrifice, tells us a lot about how grateful we are before God for His indescribable gifts to us. How Much are We Holding Back? and Two Stories About Giving to the Lord should stir our consciences, and cause us to think about just how much the Lord Jesus Christ means to us.

- The Editor

 

In This FISHERS 204 Issue

 
Dialogue
Letters from Readers -

Peace Offering
Doctrine -
 
 
 
 

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