Saturday, December 18, 2004It's Christmas time...even in the heathen world...
Well, it was bitterly cold and my partner had to leave early, but I managed to preach for a couple of hours regardless. Thank you Lord! It was a pretty quiet night: a few mockers, a few hard hearts, and thankfully, a few souls who showed interest in the gospel message.
My chief observation last night: the terrible wickedness of not being thankful to God. There I was preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (with an emphasis on the Incarnation, since Christmas is so close), people walking by me with bags full of food, gifts, expensive drinks (wine and strong drink), and for the most part, they showed faces of disgust to gospel. God gave them so much prosperity, so many riches, and the response is a deep loathing for His Person. This verse came immediately to mind:
"Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened." (Romans 1:21)
So anyways, after returning home, I was feeling a little down over all this, and then in my Scripture readings yesterday, I read this:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God." (Romans 10:13-17)
After reading those words, my spirits were raised and I and my "beautiful feet" went up to bed for a well deserved rest.