As we move on to the 3rd week towards fulfilling and realizing our Annual Stewardship and Faith Promise Missions Giving Commitment, let us always have a focused heart and an abiding trust in the Lord who virtually impressed upon us the commitments we made based on His promise. The Bible in Hebrews 10:23 confidently exhorts us, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised.)” Moreover the Apostle Paul testifies and assures us in II Timothy 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I k now whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to k eep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” Truly, our God is faithful and “is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”
We press on likewise with our Visitation and Soul Winning Ministry as recently synchronized with our Sunday School Ministry the vision to step-up our concerted thrust in reaching our community and outskirts through our door- knocking, saturation evangelism, and follow-up. We draw-up mechanics of this in the on-going coordinated efforts with our respective Ministry leaders through our Sunday School classes’ involvement initially with the “soul-winning sign-up”. Those who have signed-up, enrolled, and essentially made commitments, will go through an 8-week, one hour a week scheduled class session and eventually the practical training exposure. “Sign-up” deadline is on Wednesday, March 20, and the kick -off General Meeting is set on March 24 after that Sunday afternoon worship service.
Would to God, my dear brethren, that our commitment like Onesiphorus’ testimony in II Timothy 1:16-18, and whose name means a “profit-bearer”, is really characterized by consistency, initiative, and determination. Commitment was not a once in a while thing with Onesiphorus, it was an all-the-time thing. Paul could count on him. We are not aware how often he refreshed the apostle, but Paul wants us to know that Onesiphorus was consistent, and has initiative and determination in his refreshment. We need lifetime committed servants in the harvest fields today that will tenaciously pursue to the very end with hear t and soul, what they have pledged to pursue to the glory of God!
The people that changed the world were not the most educated, not the most wealthy, not the most talented. But they were the people with deepest convictions and commitment. God is looking for people to use! The Bible in II Chronicles 16:9a bears this out, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.” God will use people whose hearts are fully committed to Him. God is looking for an undivided heart. May we be that kind of person having an undivided heart before God – a person of deep conviction, a totally committed person!
All By God’s Grace and For God’s Glory!
Pastor Gerry Nable