Friday, November 11, 2016

Option 2: We can Love and Share Jesus with Pagans

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Scripture: 2 Timothy 3:1-9
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.  For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; Avoid such men as these.  For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.  Just as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so these men also oppose the truth, men of depraved mind, rejected in regard to the faith.  But they will not make further progress; for their folly will be obvious to all, just as Jannes’s and Jambres’s folly was also.

Insights: I apologize for missing yesterday’s Thoughts by Scott.  I will resume today and hopefully do a double posting.  The second option regarding the way we treat pagans is to love and share Jesus with them.  This option is the very reason Jesus has left you here.  If all salvation was about was our spending eternity with Jesus, then the moment we received His free gift of eternal life, He would have taken us home to His glory.  He did not, however, take us home at that moment.  In fact, He left us here with a mission to go and tell the pagans of this world that there is a Savior who loves them and died for them.  We are to be bold in our declaration that Jesus is Lord of all and there is no way one can enter into heaven apart from Him.  Beloved, let me encourage you to draw a line in the sand and turn toward Jesus.  Don’t let excuses and fears prevent you from sharing Jesus with other people.  Let Jesus’ name be on your lips and be ready in season and out of season to share the reason for your hope.  May God’s favor be on you as you walk in boldness through His Spirit.

 1. In what ways do you share the gospel with pagans?
 2. What could you do to be even more affective at sharing Jesus with them?

Prayer: Father, I understand it is Your job to save the pagans from their sins.  You, however, have commissioned us to go and tell them about You.  Give me the courage and boldness to declare Jesus at every possible moment.  Amen.

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