First Baptist Church
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Mount Vernon, Indiana
"What's the point?! What good will come from that?" All of us are resistant to any kind of task that we feel is futile...that we feel is pointless. So, if God has taught us that He is in control of salvation and that His purposes always succeed, then we may ask, "Why should we pray?" And why should we pray for the salvation of the lost? We find in Paul's example, and Paul's teaching, that indeed we have every reason to pray when God is in control. May we pray fervently for the salvation of the lost.
Zeal. What do you think of when you hear the word 'zeal.' Sports fans? Video gamers? ISIS? And do we think that zeal is for the immature, the foolish, or the crazies? Paul sees in many of his fellow Jews a zeal for God...but not according to knowledge. And that distinction is of eternal importance. For Paul clearly sees them as lost. By his life and teaching, Paul shows us that zeal is not a bad thing. In fact, zeal is good...if it is directed toward the right object. May all of us be zealous for Jesus Christ through faith in His blood!