Word Of The Month

Jesus says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” Luke 15:7

 

More JOY in heaven over one repentant sinner! We thank God for the 6000 people who returned to Him during the Celebration of Hope. Heaven rejoices. I wonder, “Do we share the same ecstatic joy & excitement?”

 

The man in Jesus’ story in Luke 15 went all out to search for the one lost sheep. That’s the greatness of God’s love for any person who does not know Him. He goes all out to find him.  When he finds the sheep, there is much joy in the community. That’s the enthusiasm of God’s people over a returned sheep.

 

Many of us have followed Christ & served God faithfully for years. We, (I am included), are “old” Christians.  There is the danger of losing the passion for the lost and the new Christians.  We understand the truth of the Gospel; we know the importance of evangelism. Honestly, we don’t feel the same way about new believers as we do about our old church mates/friends. We must regain the joy of heaven over one person who repents.

 

Church, let us be enthusiastic over every new person in the church. May they mature & be integrated into God’s family here in EL!

 

2019 is the Year of Harvest and Discipleship. Let’s go all out to reach people for Jesus & make them our brothers and sisters in Christ!

 

 

- Bob Lum

 

 

 

 

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