Lead me to some soul today,
O teach me, Lord, just what to say;
Friends of mine are lost in sin,
And cannot find their way.
Few there are who seem to care,
And few there are who pray;
Melt my heart and fill my life,
Give me one soul today.

(Dwight L. Moody)

How solemn the reminder from the words of this song. “Friends of mine are lost” and what have I done about it? “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preach- er?” (Rom. 10:4) The term “preacher” used in this verse means “proclaimer.” Your talent may not be in proclaiming the gospel as Peter or Paul did - but can you do what the Samaritan woman did in John 4:29? After realizing that her friends needed to hear what Jesus was saying, she hurried into the city and told them “Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”

“Friends of mine are lost in sin.” Why not introduce them to the relation- ship that you have in Christ? You can do this by “proclaiming” that we can offer them Bible-based teaching that will help them in their relationship with God and in their daily struggles of life. The majority of adult converts in our culture begin their journey to a new life when they are impressed by the good life of a godly person they have observed. And it was the same in Jesus’ day -- “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:16)

“For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us,that we may hear it and do it?’But the word is very near you.  It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.” (Deut. 30:11-14)

If we’re still alive, then it’s within our power to make whatever choice God would want us to make. No matter how many wrong choices we’ve made in the past, we have the freedom to make the right choice now. Outwardly, it may take time to reverse the dam- age that our past choices have wrought, but inwardly, we can at this very moment begin being the person that we know God wants us to be. The positive choice is possible!

Sometimes we feel that we’ve done so badly for so long that there is no hope for us. But this sinking sense of hopelessness comes from hell, not from heaven. It’s only our enemy who wants us to give up. Our Father wants us to live. He wants us to take the sim- ple, honest step that it’s always possible to take: the one immediately before us. If we choose to take that step, there is nothing the devil can do to stop us, although he’d surely like to do so.

But it does us little good to have the power of choice if we don’t use it. We shouldn’t waste the marvelous dignity and honor that God conferred on us when He gave us our freedom of will. His grace toward us should not be “in vain” (1 Cor. 15:10).

One encouraging thing to keep in mind is that each positive choice creates strength. If we choose in the present mo- ment to do what is right, we will find the next moment much easier to deal with. Eve- ry good decision leads to an- other. We'll be helped by a favorable momentum that makes our forward progress less difficult.

Whatever our choices may be, God is not neutral about them. Having gone to great lengths to save us, He wants us to choose life. Deuteronomy 30:19 urged the Israelites to “choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obey- ing His voice and holding fast to Him.” If we fail to choose it, He will have to let justice be carried out, of course. But that will break His heart. “‘For why should you die, O Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies,’ says the Lord God. ‘Therefore turn and live!’” (Ezek. 18:31- 32). Today, we can turn. This very instant, we can say “Yes!” to life.

Therefore, put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (Jas 1:21-25)

Receiving the word of God is an important step in becoming and being a disciple of His.  One who would be pleasing to God must be willing to receive the word with purity and in humility. But as important as receiving God’s word may be, it is a worthless venture if we do not obey it!  Obedience is the most fundamental requirement of God.  Obedience is doing the word of God.

God draws an unmistakable line between saints and sinners.  Listen to the apostle John.  “Whoever practices righteousness is righteous...Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil...By this it is evident who are the children of God and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God” (1 Jo 3:7b, 8a, 10a).  Clearly stated, a person simply cannot be a child of God and stand on the sidelines being a spectator.  We must prove our faith with our actions.  Our job is to find our opportunities to serve others and to serve and worship God.  I encourage us to all become more involved this year in doing our work.

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