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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
There are at least two dynamics at work this time of the year that give us the potential of success in reaching the lost. First of all, there is much attention given to the birth and death of Christ for sinners. Then there is the approaching new year where many people focus on change or the necessity of change. Many people find the new year a time of reflection on past failures and present needs and that makes it easier to talk of the need of Spiritual changes in life.
While the secular world has commercialized the reason for the season, we can still make progress in spite of the worldly attention directed more to presents, trees, the myth of Santa and such. I do not believe it to be right to “Spiritualize” these things, however we can use the time to bring attention to the real reason for the season.
Consider 1Co. 15:34 “Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.” The indictment of the verse is that if we awake to righteousness, it will have a soul-reaching effect on the lost around us. Then, Ps 126:5-6 states, “They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Jude 1:22 states, “And of some have compassion, making a difference:”
We know the world needs conviction, however, it needs as well to see the broken hearts of God’s people. It is a fact that true believers do not like to see and hear all the ungodliness that has become such a part of this time of year. It is as well a fact that we do not have to participate in those things. Here are some important things to consider as we approach Christmas and the end of the year and the New Year:
- First of all, remember, Tit 3:3 “For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.” We were just like them when we were lost!
- Lost people need to hear and see more than Christmas carols, lighted trees and beautifully wrapped packages. They need to see and hear us gently and sweetly affirming that we are celebrating the birth of the Saviour of the world.
- Lost people also need to know that even though it is a happy time of celebration for Christians, Jesus came into the world to die. This was the purpose of His coming. We cannot ignore this great fact during this time. To only celebrate the Birth of Christ with no hint of the real purpose of His coming in the first place, robs the lost of the more important aspect of His coming. Do not be afraid to mention that, not only did He come into the world, He died for the sin of the world.
- Lost people need to know that after Christmas is over, our Christian life is not over. We should be just as dedicated to Christ and His message throughout the rest of the year. It is very confusing for lost people to see professing Christians celebrating Christ’s birth in December, yet not giving much time and attention to Christ during the year.
There are things Christians always need, that the world of lost people wait for…
- A burden for their salvation.
- A backbone to fulfill the burden, and
- A belief that God works with us to fulfill the burden. Mark 16:19-20 “The Lord working with them.”
There are some people who will be tender this time of year and we cannot afford to wait until later to share the good news of the Gospel with them. In John 4:35 Jesus told the disciples to “Lift up your eyes and look on the fields,” He said, “they are white already to harvest.” May I urge you who are truly saved? The fields are white and ready to harvest. Let us get a burden, get busy and get a backbone and see God work with us to see Precious souls saved for the Glory of God.