Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Week Twelve - Are you Convinced?

A Christian is a person convinced of four basic things...

They are convinced of their need for a Saviour.

The sermon opened with the reading of John 16:8, “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.” The preacher put it this way, "Unless you have been convinced of your sinful state, your feeble attempts at self-righteousness, and your inadequate reasoning, you are not convinced that Christ is all in all."

I thought back to the time I came to Christ, and I had to agree.  I had gone to church for years, served, prayed, and done all the things I was taught, but I still had doubts in my heart and lacked assurance.  I believed my sin wasn’t any worse than anyone else; I was doing all I could be look like a Christian and full of excuses and self-reasoning that kept me from seeing my personal need. 

Then, when the eyes of my heart looked into the loving eyes of my Saviour, my sinfulness was exposed, my works of righteousness faded away, and my will could no longer resist. In humble confession, I repented and gave my life to Christ. I was convinced. I became a Christian. How about you?

They are convinced of the Authority of the Book.

And a beautiful book it is! The Bible is the Christian’s guide, console, teacher, and corrector. Through the Spirit's working, it touches the deepest part of the heart, mind, and soul. It not only contains the word of God but is the Word of God alive in our heart.

It keeps the Christian from sin. “Thy word have I hidden in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” Psalm 119:11

It holds infinite wisdom. “For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6

It has the final authority. “There is no wisdom, nor understanding, nor counsel against the Lord.” Proverbs 21:30

It will be completed. “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Matthew 5:18

And it will endure forever. “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”  Isaiah 40:8

Those convinced about the authority and beauty of the Book have confidence and perspective that strengthens and directs their life. How important is the Bible to your life?

They are convinced of Commandments.

Commandments might sound like a harsh word, but for the Christian, they hold no anguish. Commandments boil down to “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and thy mind…and love thy neighbour as thyself.” Matthew 22:37,39

Commandments are love in action. The Christian is convinced that obedience is key to growth and happiness. God isn’t a harsh taskmaster. His commandments are not grievous; we are told in 1 John 5:3. But they are there for our benefit, our help, and our relationship. They give us structure, guidance, and a way to lay up treasure in heaven.

When we are convinced God’s way is best, we find happiness and purpose the world cannot give. How are you doing with obedience?

They are convinced on Commission.

A Christian is also convinced that this gift of salvation, this precious Book, and the directives therein are not to be hoarded.  They are to be shared, lived out so others can see The Light, and blazed abroad. Jesus himself said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel.” Mark 16:15 

Friend, I am convinced.  Are you?

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