God’s call for Christians to sow the Gospel – Motivation for a Difficult Commission (22 Sep 2019)

Last Sunday, in his sermon on the Commission of a Holy God, Brother Albert Chew gave us a few admonishments: (1) stay focused, (2) don’t blame yourselves for lack of outcome (3) the mystery of time, salvation of souls depends on God’s timing, (4) be humble.

Jesus the Messiah came God’s stamp of approval, miraculous healings and authoritative teaching. But He was charged for blasphemy and was crucified. His disciples forsook Him when He needed them most. Only John and a few faithful women witnessed His crucifixion. Yet God the Father raised Jesus, glorified Him and seated Him at His right hand.

Three things can motivate Christians and keep Christians motivated to sow the Gospel seeds, until Christ returns for His beloved Church:

yahweh-throne1. Regular worship and a clear vision of God’s Holiness

The prophet Isaiah was cleansed and consecrated when he was touched by one of the glorious seraphim. He was over-awed with the vision of the glory of the throne of the LORD of hosts. Seraphim fly above the throne of the LORD of hosts, calling to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!”

Our part: Worship God in spirit and in truth. God sees our darkest sins and meets our deepest needs (John 4:24).

2. Regular practice of coming into God’s presence for cleansing and consecration, and anticipating His soon return.

After seeing the glory of God’s holy presence, Isaiah’ response was, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isa 6:5)

He saw his sinfulness in contrast to the perfection and glory of a holy LORD of hosts.
Yet, he knows that one day, he shall see God, “In that day man will look to his Maker, and his eyes will look on the Holy One of Israel” (Isa 17:7)

Our part: Read, study and meditate on the Word of God. Those who are doers of the Word will be cleansed and be consecrated for God’s service (James 1:22-25). Be in the world and not be worldly (John 15:19).

3. Constant practice of building up our holy faith (Jude 1:20; 2 Peter 1:5-8)

God promises that we will be effective and fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ when we add these qualities to our holy faith: 1) virtue, 2) knowledge, 3) self-control, 4) steadfastness, 5) godliness, 6) godliness, 7) brotherly affection, and 8) love (agape).

Our part: Heed God’s call to be among people of unclean lips. Go out, be filled with the Holy Spirit, be in a spirit of prayer and supplication. Serve Christ with compassion.