Lance And Michelle Rowe
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Have you been saved, or moralized?

Posted 12/9/2015

"Then let us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved?" - Spurgeon

The soul lost in sin affirms that he needs to change, because his life is swiftly falling apart. There are those around him who have died or have been sentenced to spend their lives behind prison bars, and he knows that if something doesn't change, the same fate will await him, or worse - a once brilliant mind perhaps reduced to a barely functioning semblance of humanity because of years of substance abuse.

When custody of children is lost because of neglect due to a compulsion to satiate an uncontrollable desire, or when a marriage is destroyed because of an individual's self centered decisions focused on his or her pursuit of personal happiness; or when failed relationship after failed relationship result in a life consumed by hurt, disappointment, bitterness, addiction or thoughts of self destruction, one may realize that something has to change.

Many who sit on a pew on Sunday morning have come from situations described above, and have substituted one lifestyle for another. They have been accepted and loved by others who have found the same refuge, and they testify of the Grace of God in their lives. But have they embraced Christ, or have they embraced the support group that calls itself by the Name of Christ?

Indeed, there are those who have truly tasted of the Grace of God, and have embraced the cross on which He hung, and have laid prostrated at the foot of the cross as the Precious Blood of Jesus flows down and covers their being. They understand that it is only the Blood, only the Blood that saves them from themselves. These look with gratitude and humiliation upon the nail scarred Hands and Feet, the spear pierced Side and the Flesh that was ripped for them, and understand the Love that was demonstrated for them; "greater Love hath no man than this, that he lays his life down for his friend". So said that Precious Jesus, friend of sinners, Whose life was given so men could live.
Such demonstration of love compels them to lay down their lives as well. Farewell to comfort or pursuit of happiness or self fulfillment. At the cross they realize that all was surrendered so all could be given, and they surrender all and now give their all to the King to which they've bowed.

Then there are others in the pew who have not let go of self. They have been moralized and civilized as better citizens than they had been before, and they testify to each other of what "God" has done for them as they look with disdain through narrowed eyes at those within as well as those outside their clique who still struggle. Their prayers are for the things of the world, and not that the world would come to Jesus. They pray for their comfort, for their happiness, for their cars and their toys instead of the souls that are perishing around them.

Pastors who are pursuing numbers and church growth instead of the Kingdom of God must ask themselves:

"of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved?"

Jesus didn't die for us so we could be better citizens, have better lives, and be successful in business. He died for us so we could become children of God. The lives of Children of God will reflect the life of Christ. Spurgeon asks:

Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not his honour in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.

 

 

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