04 January 2013

Pilgrim's Progress: What Must I do?

Pilgrim, confronted by the word of God, realizes his predicament.  He has been reading the Bible and comes to understand the conviction of his sin.  Crying out he says, "what must I do to be saved?" and along comes Evangelist to point the way forward. Pilgrim explains to Evangelist that he cannot bear to face judgment and that even the thought of it brings him to tears because he does not know what to do.  Evangelist does what all evangelists must do--pointing out "yonder wicket gate" he tells Pilgrim "go up directly thereto, so shalt thou see the gate; at which, when thou knockest, it shall be told the what thou shalt do" (p. 16).

We Christians sometimes forget that our job, like Evangelist's, is to point the way.  Our part in the salvation of the lost is to show them the road, to them about Christ.  As the new year kicks off, let me encourage you to seek out the lost and the hurting.  Be eager to move toward people and to show them the way to Christ.

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.-1 Corinthians 3:7-9

Who are you specifically seeking to tell about Christ this year?

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