The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe...
"Preaching To the Choir"
When one first hears the Word of God, he receives the incoming light after having already been exposed to the Lord's truth and faithfulness.
"He giveth to all life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:25).
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth His handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard" (Psalm 19:1-3).
"The invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and godhead" (Romans 1:20).
"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me" (John 15:26).
By His provision, His heavens, His creation, and His Spirit, God reveals Himself to all. Indeed, the greatest influence in the life of every human being involves the God in whom "we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). The Scriptures thus provide a defining and confirming witness to our Lord's revelation of Himself because deeply within, every human heart has been exposed to the Divine "speech… language… voice."
This truth should give us great confidence as we seek to share the Lord Jesus and His Gospel with others. We never write upon a blank slate, as it were, but rather simply add the authority of the Word of God to a witness already imprinted by our Lord's previously applied influences. Indeed, speaking to the unbelieving Athenian philosophers, the Apostle Paul declared, "He is not far from every one of us" (Acts 17:27).
Certainly, some will "oppose themselves" and deny our witness, choosing willful blindness and unbelief (II Timothy 2:25). Others will agree with the mind, but not the heart. And thankfully, some will know deeply within that the Christ we communicate is strangely familiar because, while unrecognized, He has been present and involved in working to reveal Himself to their hearts. We "preach to the choir," as it were, when bearing witness to our Lord and His truth. Regardless of how our hearer responds, he has lived his life in close proximity to the God who has "left not Himself without witness" (Acts 14:17). Thus, we may share the Gospel with the assurance that our message serves as confirmation to realities already communicated by God's Spirit, creation, and gracious provision to all.
"That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world."
(I John 1:9)
Weekly Memory Verse
And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life."
(I John 5:11-12)