I wonder what thoughts would run across Paul the Apostle’s mind seeing how far and wide the gospel has been spread into the world, being that he sacrificed his life for this sole purpose.
Would he have envisioned the day where there would be so many well-known preachers that have circled the globe multiple times preaching the gospel?
Could he even have pictured the abundance of online sermons, Christian-based apps, websites and social media accounts devoted to spreading the good news?
Just think of the plethora of resources; revivals, retreats, books, conferences, podcasts, live-streams, tv programs. The array of methods through which we have access to the Word is astounding.
My guess is that after the initial amazement wears off, he would still be left with one sobering thought. Is it profiting them?
The Christian lifestyle is filled with many promises. A lay google search shows about 250 unique benefits from the gospel. Below are just a few examples.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” – James 1:5
“… do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6.
“But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.” – James 1:25
But the sobering truth is that these benefits do not magically appear at your feet. They come in the form of decisions. You have to DECIDE to ask God if you lack wisdom and want to have it available to you. In anxiety, you have to DECIDE to spend time in prayer to receive the peace of God that surpasses understanding. You want to be blessed in what you do, then you would need to DECIDE to look into the perfect law of liberty and continue in it.
Indeed, miracles abound and happen daily. Regardless, your path towards continually enjoying the benefits of life as a Christian involves making choices. Choosing to spend some time in prayer instead of watching that show you crave so deeply. Choosing to set aside some time daily in meditation of the Word over surfing the internet. Choosing to respond and obey after spending so much time asking God for direction, even if you don’t like the answer you got. No miracle will force you learn the Word of God. Nothing will yank the money out of your pocket if you are being led by the Spirit to give. You will just have to decide to obey.
That is our greatest gift and perhaps yet our heaviest burden; our freewill. When all is said and done, to enjoy the full salvation experience, it boils down to one thing.
You will need to CHOOSE GOD.
– KingsWord Dallas