Genesis 36. 1-8
Acts 18. 24-28
Psalms 105.1 O give thanks to the LORD, call upon his name; Make known His deeds among all the peoples. 2. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. 3. Glory in His name; let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Genesis 36 1-8 is the record of Esau, brother to Jacob, who was swindled, impersonated, and cheated out of his birthright and blessing from his father by his brother Jacob. In the end he was turned from hatred, to peace and love for his brother by Jehovah.
Acts 18.24-28 tells the account of Apollos, a gifted speaker with only the knowledge of the baptisms of John, for the repentance of sin, and had no knowledge at the time of the death and resurrection of the Messiah Jesus. When instructed with the Good News he became even more exuberant about the message of salvation through Jesus the Christ.
I have spent this summer visiting other churches and other evangelistic venues than my normal outreaches. On one occasion I came into contact with Mike whom I haven’t seen for 49 years. He is still on the firing line just as he was back then, not much has changed other than the aging process. Time and again as I run into my old Christian friends from years ago, I am surely encouraged that they are as exuberant about the Gospel of Jesus Christ as we were in the days of our youth. We heard the word of salvation and diligently spread it to all who would listen. The LORD God had changed our lives and it only seemed right to tell others. Not everyone liked the message but some did, and their lives were changed also. These scriptures tell of the life changing power of Jehovah, through the finished work of Yeshua, and call us to praise His name for the mighty work He has done.
I spend my life singing God’s praises on the job, in the yard, in the car, as the Spirit gives opportunity I tell others about salvation, about the power of prayer, how the Lord can change their lives, etc. One familiar gospel song is, “Keep on the firing line,” and it well describes what these scriptures tell also, that when God changes your life He doesn’t just rearrange the existing you, He makes you a new creature, 2 Corinthians 5.17, “if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation.” If that doesn’t inspire you I don’t know what will. Does the Word of God still inspire you, are you still calling upon the name of God to hear your prayers, are you still excited to see what he will do in your life to change the lives of those who come into contact with you? Are you still on the firing line? I hope so.