For Their Sake

I must praise God today for all the people who left the comfort of their church building, or their home to reach out to my ancestors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!  We sometimes get so caught up with the things that are happening around us on a daily basis that we forget to look back at the path of blessing that God has provided for us and our family.  I am here writing to you today as a third generation believer.  My spiritual roots may run deeper than that, but to my own understanding, I am sure of three generations past who knew the Gospel and were saved because of it.  I am also thrilled to tell you that we have two more generations that have come from us.  Our children are all believers, and one of our grandchildren has already made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.

The Bible says of Jesus: “Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate.  Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach” (Hebrews 13:12-13).  Did you catch that phrase, “suffered without the gate”?  To me that means that Jesus willingly left through the gates of pearl that surrounded Heaven to come to this sin-cursed earth to bring us redemption.  Jesus, even though equal with God, left that position in Heaven to take on a form that would have no reputation … that would be like a servant … that would display humility to the point of the death on a cruel cross (Philippians 2:5-8).  He left the security of the gates, to come to die for you and me.

Don’t miss the challenge of the second of these verses bring us.  Just as Jesus left His place of safety and security, God encouraged us to do the same in this world we are living.  We ought to go out where the unsaved are and proclaim the message of hope that Jesus brought to us.  The first opportunity I had to preach an “official” message, was at the Green Street Rescue Mission in downtown Philadelphia.  I remember having a half-hour message that lasted almost five minutes!  I was horrible … but I feel head-over-heels in love with going to the places Jesus would go to preach/teach!  I have not gotten over the thrill of preaching/teaching to people that are generally forgotten by Christianity today.  I love that I get the chance to preach in places where I know I will never receive any pay.  I want to be an ambassador in this foreign land we call “the world.”  I want to go there and represent my Savior, the King of all kings, and Lord of all lords.  Don’t honker down in the safety of your Christian fortress today.   Get up and go outside the gate where the needy world lives, and tell them about your Savior!  They are dying to hear about Him today!  They need what you have.

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