Praise God for the good results and blessings of the 2-day, 2-night Regional World Missions Conference at Chaiyaphum, Thailand last April 4-6. Thank God for the privilege and opportunity to take part (along with Pastors Mel Brown, Paul Byars, Rey Subrabas, and Gilbert Toquero) in encouraging and challenging the Thai Pastors, Missionaries, and co-labourers, as well as those other spiritual leaders in the nearby borders of Laos and Myanmar, to get much more engaged in World Missions endeavour and partnership, vigorously reaching their respective countries and beyond with the message of God’s love and hope—the Gospel of salvation.
What an appropriate challenge to have a clear vision of who God is, and of the sinful and darkened world around us needing the light and life of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Likewise we need to have a clear vision of our part of the responsibility in reaching the lost world. In the process, it surely is essential to have a clear vision of our Saviour who is able to save lost souls “to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”
What a fitting reminder of the basic vital response to “Pay It Forward” as recipients of God’s great grace because of our rich spiritual legacy in Christ. The Apostle Paul in Romans 1:14-16 declares, “I am a debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise. So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” After his experience with Christ on the Damascus Road (Acts 9), Paul’s whole life was consumed with spreading the Good News of salvation.
Paul’s debt was to Christ for being his Saviour. It was payable to the entire world. Paul paid the debt of love by proclaiming Christ’s salvation to all people both Jews and Gentiles, across all cultural, social, racial, and economic lines. We owe Christ this same debt of love because He took on the punishment we deserve for our sin. Although we cannot repay for all He has done, w e demonstrate our gratitude by showing His love to others. We pay it then forward!
My dear brethren, in response to God’s message and challenge we had last Wednesday Midweek service, let us passionately CONTINUE in faithfulness, stewarding life with the Truth we received, and the vast opportunities God sends our way to intentionally and diligently share the Gospel, and truly pay it forward.
All By God’s Grace and For God’s Glory!
Pastor Gerry Nable