Bible Study Plan 2019
Today we read:
-Food for thought day 83-
• Luke 5:27-32
We, believers, love hanging out amongst ourselves for the sake of fellowship; this is not wrong, but we all should remember that we are placed in this world for the purpose of reaching out to the lost.
How are we ever going to reach this world for Jesus when we are always hanging out amongst ourselves?
For this reason, Jesus fellowshipped with sinners that He might win some for His kingdom.
“And after this, Jesus went out and looked [attentively] at a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax office; and He said to him, Join Me as a disciple and side with My party and accompany Me. And he forsook everything and got up and followed Him [becoming His disciple and siding with His party]. And Levi (Matthew) made a great banquet for Him in his own house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others who were reclining [at the table] with them. Now the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling against Jesus’ disciples, saying, Why are you eating and drinking with tax collectors and [preeminently] sinful people? And Jesus replied to them, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to arouse and invite and call the righteous, but the erring ones (those not free from sin) to repentance [to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins].”
Luke 5:27-32 AMPC
Our motive for mingling with the people of this world is to win them for Christ. We are not called to judge them, but to demonstrate the love of God to them, so that they can come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Paul said in one of his letters: “For although I am free in every way from anyone’s control, I have made myself a bondservant to everyone so that I might gain the more [for Christ]. To the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to men under the Law, [I became] as one under the Law, though not myself being under the Law, that I might win those under the Law. To those without (outside) law I became as one without law, not that I am without the law of God and lawless toward Him, but that I am [especially keeping] within and committed to the law of Christ, that I might win those who are without law. To the weak (wanting in discernment) I have become weak (wanting in discernment) that I might win the weak and overscrupulous. I have [in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ]. And I do this for the sake of the good news (the Gospel), in order that I may become a participator in it and share in its [blessings along with you].”
1 Corinthians 9:19-23 AMPC
We as believers in Christ are to function this way as led by the Spirit to win souls for Christ.
We must learn to embrace God’s agenda for this world and make it our priority.
It’s all about souls, souls,souls.
Many blessings in Jesus’ Name.
Think and act!!!!