Text for Today – Psalm 2:8 – (The Lord said)Ask of Me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (Parenthetical insertion is my own)
Jesus said He had come to seek and to save that which was lost. He also said that He sent us forth as the Father had sent Him. His plan in relation to His church has not changed. He expects us to continue in the earthly ministry that He began. He came and performed that part of the work that only He could do. He was beaten, crucified, buried, and raised from the dead in order to be the propitiation for our sins. He was “wounded for our transgressions, bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.” That was the Old Testament accounting, and the New Testament changes the issue of healing to past tense when it says, “by Whose stripes ye WERE healed.” Thank God for wonderful work of redemption Jesus, and only Jesus, could have accomplished.
Still, however, there are multitudes of lost folk who desperately need Jesus as their Lord and personal Savior. Without Him they will go to hell. Jesus is their only answer, and it is our job to bring them to Jesus. It is our job to bring them to birth through our sowing of His Word continually into their lives, and by our intercessions (the travailing of Zion) to bring them into the kingdom of God. The task is enormous, the labor intense, and our enemy determined. However, greater is He that is in us that he that is in the world, and as a result, we are well able to go up, enjoin the battle for souls, and win.
In our Text for Today, the Lord said very clearly that He would give us the heathen for our inheritance if we would ask Him for them. They belong to Him. But remember, that faith without corresponding action is dead. If you ask Him for the lost, get ready to go to work to bring them to Jesus. If you will ask, and then go to work to harvest the souls for whom you ask, the Lord will keep His Word to you. And what a precious inheritance! What should it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his soul? By the same token, how much profit does it bring to the kingdom of God for you to ask for your inheritance, and then go get it?
Manna for Today – Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 16:26; James 2:17; Isaiah 66:8