Bible Truth Restored

Bible Truth Restored

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.           1 Peter 4:11

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There is a story about a small town businessman whose clothing store was threatened with extinction.
A national chain store had acquired all the properties on his block and had told him: "We'll build all around you and put you out of business."
The day came when the small merchant found himself hemmed in with a new department store stretching out on both sides of his little shop.
The competitor's banner announced: "Grand opening."
The merchant countered with a banner stretching the entire width of his store.
It read: "Main entrance."

The world is all around us. The world would love to put us out of business. We need to remember that: "Jesus is the way, the truth and the life."
He told us: "He that enters not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he that enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep."
John 10.

The world is all around us but Jesus is still the main entrance. Are we standing fast, holding high the banner: "Main entrance"?
Jesus said: "I am the door - by me if any man enters in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out ... The thief comes only to steal and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
We really can't stop the world from building next door to us but we can certainly keep the door (Jesus Christ) open wide inviting all who really do want to have life and have it more abundantly, to come in.

The chain store had no intention of leading people to the merchant's store.
The world has no intention of leading people to Christ.
The chain store and the world are motivated by making money - we are motivated by showing people the way to life. The merchant was an opportunist. Paul was an opportunist. he told the Athenians: "I saw your sign admitting there is a God you do not know anything about. Let me tell you all about him."

We are surrounded by the world and yet separate from it. The merchant was surrounded by the chain store and yet independent. We should seize every opportunity to hold high our banner of: "Main entrance" to the kingdom of God.
The world isn't even looking for the kingdom, yet we have an opportunity to show them the way, and God will be pleased with our efforts regardless of the results we may or may not achieve.


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