Text : Daniel 12:2,3; Acts 17: 6
The Lord Jesus Christ has given every believer the most urgent and important job on earth. He has commissioned us to preach the gospel to every creature. This big job requires utmost consecration and commitment. We must be dedicated and true in the Lord’s service. He deserves our full dedication and commitment in turning the lost to the path of righteousness, even at the peril of our lives. “None of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry which I have received of the Lord Jesus to the testify the gospel of the grace of God’’ (Acts 20:24).
Three Points to Consider:
1. THE NEED FOR TURNING MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
2Cor. 5: 11, Philippians 3:7, 8, 14
‘’ Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.’’ (Joel 1:15)
‘’ A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness’’. (Joel 2:2)
“And the Lord shall utter His voice before His army: for His camp is very great: for He is strong that executeth His word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?’’ (Joel 2:11).
Brothers and Sisters, there is a great and terrible time of accountability for people of this day. There is the need to turn many to righteousness.
In addition, the coming of the Lord is at hand. (Rev. 22:7, 20) Hence, the need to turn the unrighteous to righteousness.
Moreover, mankind’s time on earth here is short. Sooner than later, we bid farewell to this earth to the great beyond. (Psalm 89:45, 47). The best one can do is to be in the serious business of bringing sinners to Christ.
2. THE NECESSITY OF CONSECRATION IN TURNING MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Matthew 28:18-20, Titus 1:7-9, Acts 20:19-27, 34,35.
As people who follow Christ, we are His ambassadors. We serve as His stewards. We are laborers in the Lord’s vineyard, and for that matter, we are His ministers and co-worker as well. All these put on extra-ordinary responsibility on any one who calls on the name of the lord and has had an encounter with the Lord. We are to declare the word of God to those who are still in the dark and heading towards the pit of hell.
In view of that, we are to be consecrated and committed to this sacred task of turning many to righteousness. Those who belong to God must allow the owner to have what is His. Give to God what is His. Give yourself wholly to Him, give your time, money, energy, skill, experience, ability etc to win souls for the Lord. Those who love the Lord, choose Him and His work above everything.
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ: … (Philippians 3:7-10).
Whatever the cost, we must serve our King diligently and dutifully. We must be willing to pay the highest price in His service of turning many to righteousness. Consecration and commitment help believers to achieve more for the Lord in winning the lost for Christ. It helps us be at it, i.e., winning the lost at all times in spite of the situation we find ourselves in.
3. THE NATURE OF TRUE CHRISTIAN CONSECRATION IN TURNING MANY TO RIGHTEOUSNESS
2 Timothy 4:1-5, John 2:17, 4:34, 9:4, 1Thess 2:1-12, Ephesians 5:1,2.
Jesus Christ is our perfect example. He gave his best, even his life. He drunk the bitter cup. He paid the highest price-all these to fulfil His father’s will. He placed Himself under an obligation. He went the last mile of the way. This must be the nature of our consecration in turning many to righteousness. We must be instant in season and out of season. When it is convenient and when it is not, we must preach the glorious gospel of the glorious kingdom of our glorious lord.
We have a cloud of witnesses, folks who were consecrated in their assigned duties during this respective generations: Uriah and Zechariah (Isaiah 8:2), Timothy (1cor4:17). Epaphras (Col 1: 7) and the apostle Paul (1 Tim 1:12), with a host of other committed and consecrated men and women of God.
All these are challenges to us upon whom the ends of the world are come. We have no excuse not to be diligent, loyal and dedicated in the service of our Lord in turning many to righteousness. Eternal reward await all the consecrated disciples. This should inspire us to do more for our Lord. However, eternal punishment awaits the lazy, indifferent child of God who only warms the bench in the church and fails to turn many to righteousness (Matthew 25:24-30).
The Lord is coming soon. Now is the time to wake up to our responsibility of winning sinners for Christ our King. There is much you can do for the Lord, start now and be committed to it.