The first question I asked God after my baptism at forty was, “Why only now? Why not when I was younger? I could have…”
Well, He knows the proper time and He always does things well. For even if He did earlier, I would have not really responded. Perhaps He did call. But my life was overcrowded with the cares of this earthly life and my conscience was seared with sins. Although outwardly, I was a church Sunday-goer, inwardly I had no place for Him. So God had to break me first. I’m forever thankful He did.
Now, here I am, perhaps a few more years left in this earthly pilgrimage, but still in His service, encouraging others running the same race while singing “Glory to God! HalleluYah!” So, my brethren, “Onward Christian soldiers!” We plow on!
Brethren, Save Thyself!
“Take heed to yourself, and to the teaching; continue in these things: for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
This is the second part of a two-part treatise exhorting all who desire to serve and follow the Lord for His name’s sake and for the furtherance of the gospel. Kindly read the first part, if you have not.
Brethren, Save Thyself — Part 1
This is a two-part treatise based on the great evangelist Charles G. Finney’s exhortation to the brethren who serve God
- See that your own habits are in all respects upright; that you are temperate in all things — free from the stain or smell of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, even cosmetics or perfume or anything of which you have reason to be ashamed, and which may stumble others.
- Be not “light-minded” (1 Cor. 1:17), but “Set the Lord always before you” (Deut. 31:6).
- Bridle your tongue, and be not given to idle and unprofitable conversation. (1 Tim. 1:4)
- Always let the people around you see that you are in solemn earnest with them, both in the meeting and out of it; and let not your daily intercourse…