Friday, March 29, 2013

Preaching to the Choir

Have you ever hear the expression, "he or she was preaching to the choir?" Of course if that were the case one would expect to get an amen or two. There is certainly nothing wrong with "preaching to the choir." There is an old song we used to sing in church, the last verse goes like this:
     I love to tell the story
     for those who know it best.
     Seem hungering and thirsting
     to hear it like the rest.
     And when in scenes of glory
     I sing the new, new song,
     Twill be the old, old story
     that I have loved so long.
I guess I'm old fashioned but I have never gotten tired of the old, old story. I still love to hear about the death, burial and resurrection of my Lord, Jesus Christ because it was for me He died at Calvary.

It is interesting to me that in Acts 17:18-21 the Apostle Paul was brought before the men of Mars' hill because of the things he was preaching, "(For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.)" To them, what Paul was saying was "some new thing," but to the choir, that is us, it was and is the old, old story of Jesus and His love. I am so glad that someone told me that old, old story. When I was in my mid teens and my brother had turned to the Lord Jesus and tried to speak to me of salvation, I didn't want to hear it. I am sorry now that I did not give my life to the Lord until I was aged 23. (I am 71 years of age now and that has been going up on 48 years ago that I surrendered my life to the Lord Jesus. I have never been sorry!)

Ah, the old, old story. We live in an age when we are constantly bombarded with new things to distract us. The angel told Daniel in Daniel 12:4, "But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased." I searched the internet with the search terms, "rate of doubling of human knowledge." I looked at the first sight I came to, "," and took from it the following quote, "... it looks like human knowledge doubles every 10-15 years." There are other sites on the internet that will give the same or similar results. What would we do with out the internet? What did we do without it? What did the angel tell Daniel?

Oh yes, preaching to the choir. The Bible also says in 1st Timothy 3:1-7, "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come..." I will let you read the details in your Bible, after all, I am probably preaching to the choir and assume you have one and read it daily. We live in an age that people are becoming more and more inured to the old, old story while ever seeking some new thing. But it still takes the old, old story of Jesus' love to save us. We are in the Easter season, two days away for Easter. The day that the choir celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I mean all who call themselves Christians when I say the choir. Let me preach to the choir and hope that you love to hear the old, old story one more time.  In the beginning of the church age in answer to the question, "...what shall we do?" The Apostle Peter said "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (See Acts 2:37-38) This is still the old, old story that saves from sin. If you are reading this posting and have never either heard nor obeyed Peter's words, do so today. It is the old, old story.

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