(Brother Paris speaks with great passion in this paragraph) I went out their motivated by humanism. Id seen pictures of lepers, Id seen pictures of ulcers, Id seen pictures of native funerals, and I didnt want my fellow human beings to suffer in Hell eternally after such a miserable existence on earth. But it was there in Africa that God began to tear through the overlay of this humanism! And it was that day in my bedroom with the door locked that I wrestled with God. For here was I, coming to grips with the fact that the people I thought were ignorant and wanted to know how to go to heaven and were saying, "Someone come and teach us!", actually didnt want to take time to talk with me or anybody else. They had no interest in the Bible and no interest in Christ, and they love their sin and wanted to continue in it. And I was to that place, at that time, where I felt the whole thing was a sham and a mockery, and I had been sold a bill of goods! And I wanted to come home. There alone in my bedroom as I faced God honestly with what my heart felt, it seemed to me I heard Him say, "Yes, will not the Judge of all the earth do right? The heathen are lost, and theyre going to go to Hell, not because they havent heard the gospel. Theyre going to go to Hell because they are sinners, who love their sin! And because they deserve Hell. But I didnt send you out there for them. I didnt send you out there for their sakes." And I heard clearly as Ive ever heard, though it wasnt with physical voice but it was the echo of truth of the ages, finding its way into an open heart. I heard God say to my heart that day something like this, "I didnt send you to Africa for the sake of the heathen, I sent you to Africa for My Sake .They deserved Hell! But I love them! And I endured the agonies of Hell for them!!!! I didnt send you out there for them! I SENT YOU OUT THERE FOR ME Do I not deserve the reward of my suffering? Dont I deserve those for who I died?" And it reversed it all!! And changed it all!! And righted it all!! And I wasnt any longer working for Micah and ten shekels and a shirt! But I was serving a living God! I was not there for the sake of the heathen. I was there for the Savior that endured the agonies of Hell for me, who didnt deserve it. But He deserved them, (the heathen). Because He died for them.
Do you see? Let me epitomize, let me summarize. Christianity says, "The end of all being is the glory of God." Humanism says, "The end of all being is the happiness of man." And one was born in Hell, the deification of man; and the other was born in heaven, the glorification of God! And one is a Levite serving Micah, and the other is a heart thats unworthy serving the living God, because its the highest honor in the universe. (exerpt from text sermon @ http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=2067 )
"And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for you serve the Lord Christ." Col 3:23-24
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