THE PRIVILEGE AND THRILL
OF DECLARING GOD’S GLORY AMONG THE HEATHEN
Jesus Did It!
By: Norm Rasmussen
If living life is becoming boring and maybe even purposeless for you, THAT can change! If you are wondering if your life is having any TRUE – LASTING impact that is pleasing to God … and will be pleasing to God for ETERNITY … keep on reading! Afterall – God created each of us to bring glory to Him. It is to be overflow of our love and appreciation for Him and to Him for what He has done for us, and what He promises to give us throughout eternity. (If you haven’t come to understand this truth, my friend, do yourself a huge favor and listen to this video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GlSQ1Hzm-A).
You may not be aware of what Psalms 96:3 says. In part, most Bible translations read: Declare God’s glory among the nations. In the King James translation, it reads: Declare God’s glory among the heathen. Let me tell you, THAT is thrilling to do, and it has ETERNAL significance to God, if you are doing so by the Holy Spirit’s direction. (More about this a little later in the writing).
Most people who consider themselves Christians (disciples of Jesus Christ, in other words) who have no excitement in their relationship with God are either unaware of what Seeking the Kingdom Of God FIRST” is all about … or if they know, they don’t CARE. Satan above all creatures doesn’t WANT them to know OR care. Why? Because when Christians purpose to become engaged in DOING the work of advancing the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of OTHERS (which is DOING the work of His kingdom building), it diminishes Satan’s influence in this world.
If a person can come to some understanding that there are only TWO things that hinder Satan from taking full control of the people on this planet is first – God. Secondly – God hinders Satan from taking full control of inhabitants of this planet through dedicated disciples of Jesus Christ. When disciples of Jesus Christ stop purposely being engaged in the way(s) God desires for them to be actively engaged in helping advance the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of others … Satan’s job becomes easier in gaining influence in the lives of people, one way or another.
When Christians are spending more time and energy (and finances) on self-happiness; self-fulfillment, self-pleasure, at the expense of letting OTHERS do the work of building Christ’s kingdom Lordship in the lives of others, they are NOT engaging themselves in what God has called each of us to do with our life. You may be asking "that being what?" To help "Declare His glory among the nations – among the heathen." And when disciples of Jesus Christ are not daily asking God to use them to somehow help declare His glory among the nations (doing their part to somehow help expand the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of others in other words), Christianity starts getting boring, dry, and the thrill of service to God becomes more drudgery at best than any sense of thrill and joy and certainly wisely understood privilege.
We each must never underestimate how relentless Satan and his demon servants are ... stoking our sinful absorption with the idol (god) of SELF ... at trying to persuade us that helping "Declare God’s glory among the heathen" isn’t all that important. (“Let someone ELSE do it; I don’t care”). Satan uses his spiritual weapons against Christians 24/7 to try to either lie to them and/or discourage them through trials of every kind … so their desire lessens to be about the Father’s business of His Kingdom advancement in the lives of others – hence diminishing in our efforts to help "Declare God’s glory among the heathen."
Think about “heathen” a moment. Anyone who is not a born again Christian is a heathen to God. Heathens are around us everywhere. Some of the nicest people we know are heathens to God. Heathens do not CARE about helping establish the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of others. WHY don’t they care? Because they don’t have the mental and spiritual enlightenment nor empowerment from the Holy Spirit to do so. Truly – they are incapable of it! That is a HUGE reason why Jesus says in in the book of John chapter 3: “You must be born again" to comprehend what God wants every person realizing: TRUE life can never be entered into until one has the ability of God the Holy Spirit operating in their life to fully KNOW what God wants them knowing and then doing. And no one is going to receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit of God without first surrendering to Jesus Christ as Savior, and then allowing Him to have more and more reign (positive influence) in their lives – best known as allowing Him to be LORD of their lives.
Jesus Christ is not looking for human robots - religious zombies. He is not looking for “slaves” who feel forced and/or obligated in their mind’s to somehow “please” Him because they have to. The “have to” mindset is demonically inspired. Jesus is looking for people to “WANT to.” He’s looking for people who have come to realize it is a PRIVILEGE to serve Jesus Christ and be engaged in doing their part to help advance His Lordship in the lives of others. He wants them fully persuaded that He is going to reward them through eternity for doing so in this life. What Jesus Christ IS looking for are people who understand more and more that we’re talking about ETERNITY here folks. Not just the few years that God gives us on this planet – be they few or many. He wants followers of His realizing more and more that we make it our life's number one purpose for living, which is to seek Him daily to do what He desires for us to do to help “declare His glory among the nations.” That somehow points a heathen to the FACT that Jesus Christ is truly the ALL in ALL … He’s EVERYTHING – not just some things – not just someone we are supposed to give thought to an hour or so on Sunday morning church service at best.
No matter if we are dirt-dog poor financially; sick and infirmed; locked away in some far away prison; starving and freezing cold … we can ALWAYS ask and trust the Holy Spirit to put into our mind someone or something to PRAY for. Praying unselfishly for others that the Holy Spirit lays on our heart to pray for is being engaged in helping “declare God’s glory among the nations.” Also, distributing Christian tracts like God desires His people to do often in communities where the heathen are hurting and killing others. which truly makes Satan so happy. Satan is happy about that because he knows how much it grieves God who created them and realize their lives are wasting away, and unless they sell out to Jesus Christ and his Kingdom purposes, they will ultimately become wasted creations throughout eternity … and aiding and abetting to influence OTHERS to do the same. The example we set of living our lives can influence others around us far greater than what we often realize. Jesus tells His disciples to "let our light shine" -- let our passion for being engaged in helping reach lost souls be evident to all. What intensity of spiritual light are we reflecting as others are observing us? It's easy not to care at times, isn't it? Many of us fall short of it more often than we care to admit, don't we? Yet thank God for His mercy and forgiveness, telling us to not dwell on our past failings but to focus on each new day He gives us to work at doing better - being more fruitful as best as we are able in our trials and sufferings -- the struggles we all face in this life.
I don’t want to come across as condescending, but I believe God wants each of us who consider ourselves Christians to be asking God frequently if we are doing our part(s) as would be pleasing to Him to help advance the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of others. If we are falling short in what God desires for each of us doing by the leading of His Spirit, we can get back on track. Christian winners fail ... but they don't quit trying to win for Jesus. Jesus will always make a way for us to glorify Him, if we make it our daily purpose for ways to do so.
The “cares of life” – “the cares of this world” – is what Satan uses to keep us from daily doing our part to help advance God’s Kingdom influence (Lordship) in the lives of others. The Holy Spirit wants us CARING about what God cares about, and that primarily is ultimately being used to help win souls to Christ Jesus. Once that has happened, then do whatever part God wants us to give ourselves to help that person mature in their relationship with Him – otherwise known as discipleship. In so doing, that is being fully engaged in “Doing the work of His kingdom advancement.” It is helping “Declare His glory among the nations.”
As a quick sidebar here: I believe there is no way more pleasing to God in helping "Declare His glory among the nations -- declare it among the HEATHEN" -- than to somehow help people be aware of what God did for them by taking their punishment for their sins on the cross. Hence my purpose for exhorting other believers to help distribute: Jesus Did It! flyers - tracts. They can easily be shared on the Internet by a simple copy and paste. Paper copies can be made and placed in strategic places where people can find them. For the timid ... it doesn't require speaking to ANYONE!
God tells us in His Word: "My Word will not come back to Me void." Many Christians realize that to primarily mean the Holy Bible, as I do also. But heathen aren't interested in reading the Holy Bible all that much until the Holy Spirit begins to work deep in their heart ... trying to woe them to eventually ask and trust Jesus to be their Savior. (It has to start there). God is ALSO addressing The Message Of The Cross (Or in other words ... JESUS DID IT!) when He is decreeing that His Word will not come back void to Him. It is the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is the BEST news God has for every person on this planet. It is the very "Testimony of Jesus Christ". It is this "Gospel" that Jesus said will go out to all the nations before the end comes (Before He comes back to earth, in other words). When we put the "testimony" of Jesus Christ where people can find it; reading it out of curiosity - without anyone looking - without someone in their face - SOME will allow the Holy Spirit to plant the Truth of it in their mind and spirit. It might be a very small "Holy Ghost spiritual seed of Good News" for some, but it's a START.
I thank God a million times for calling my wife and I starting back years ago to publish born again - salvation testimonies for the Holy Spirit to plant and water in the lives of the unsaved, and to help restore hope and impart encouragement for battle weary Christian believers. We been blessed to see so many people ministered to through them. God uses testimonies of believers no doubt. Yet NO salvation testimony of someone holds up to the importance TO GOD of the "Testimony of what God Himself did for us by dying on the cross for us". That's THE testimony God is into HONORING AND USING above all others!
One lost soul saved from the penalty of their sins may not make headlines on this planet, but in heaven it gets the FULL ATTENTION of God and God’s angels: http://biblehub.com/luke/15-10.htm. One soul rescued from a person having to pay the penalty of their sins in hell robs Satan of glory, and now it gets to go to Jesus Christ for HIS glory, the Father's glory; the Holy Spirit's glory. We have no clue how focused angels are (or the number of them God uses) in trying to help a lost sinner on this planet turn their life over to Jesus Christ. Does it take hundreds; millions; billions? Maybe if we were in their shoes maybe we would be as excited about helping win lost souls as God's angels are - suppose?
SO WHO CARES?
EVERY Christian who is able to leave their house can leave ONE Christian tract somewhere the Holy Spirit moves them to place it. If they can't leave their house, they certainly can afford one stamp and mail a tract to someone God lays on their heart - a tract at least once a MONTH if no more. That tract they leave or send may be the very thing God uses to help rescue that soul from spending eternity paying for their sins in hell. True, but do we care?
I certainly cannot cast stones. Staying daily engaged in helping "Declare God’s glory among the heathen" requires determination on our part that is so UNNATURAL, wouldn't you agree? Helping make the Lordship of Jesus Christ in the lives of others is so unnatural that it is the easiest thing I know of to let days pass … and justifying that it probably really doesn’t matter anyway. Can you relate? I think "It doesn't really matter anyway, does it?" is Satan's number one brain washing mantra that he ever seeks to instill inside the brain of us born again Christians. Saying it another way: APATHY knows no color or race or creed or social or financial status or high IQ. It is available to ALL - infused freely into our brain 24 x 7 by the devil with our sinful nature cooperating. It's the ONE spiritual drug we all can have and it doesn't cost a plug nickel to obtain. The drug of APATHY is so effective for Satan that most born on this planet will be taken to hell because of it, and for those who make it to heaven? They will discover the demonic drug of APATHY was the very same drug they allowed Satan to use on them to rob them of eternal rewards they could have been laying up for themselves while they were on earth.
Bottom line: If you and I don’t CARE – who can Jesus Christ count on to care? We’re the BEST He has on this planet to bring Him glory by helping rescue lost souls.
Lord ... HELP us to care and keep caring. Forgive us as we've been guilty of not caring so much in the past. Let us do better at it as each new day is granted us on this planet. Help us to not grow weary in what You desire each of us to be doing to help advance your Kingdom Lordship in the lives of others ... until our time on this planet is over with, and we get to be with You face to face - FOREVER.
And let us always remind
ourselves: The ONE thing we won't be able to do in heaven is try to help
win a lost soul to Christ. Everyone there is already SAVED. We must engage
ourselves in doing it HERE, where lost souls reside. It has never been
easier than copying and pasting JESUS DID IT! across the
PLEASE HELP SHARE THE BEST NEWS GOD HAS FOR EVERY PERSON!
"And this gospel of the
died for sinners] shall be preached in all the world for a witness
unto all nations; and then shall the end come."
(Quote from Jesus Himself: Matthew 24:14).
Consider how many children in "all the nations" have never heard YET what Jesus accomplished for THEM at the cross? PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS TO THE LITTLE CHILDREN!
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