In my reading this last week, I came upon a rather profound statement:

What a mystery, the soul and eternity of one man depends on the voice of another!”

At first thought some of you might think that is a bit of a stretch, especially if your a Calvinist. I mean after all we know that “the soul and eternity of a man” ultimately depends upon God. He is the One who predestines, who calls, who justifies, and who will finally glorify His elect (Rom. 8:28-30). But have we forgotten that God works through human means. “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20)
I think sometimes those who hold to what some would label as “Calvinistic” doctrine are more likely to fall into what could more rightly be labeled “hyper-Calvinistic.” We don’t see much of a need to act like ambassadors or to make an appeal to other men.

Have we forgotten that the God ordained means of saving people is through the preaching (or teaching) of the Word of God.

“Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things! (Romans 10:13-15)

As I have thought about this the last few days, I have been increasingly aware at how self absorbed we can be (myself included). How often do we tend to our day to day affairs and never stop to consider that if the people in our lives do not know the gospel, if they do not know the God of the gospel, if they do not believe the gospel, they will perish in their sins. It is true that we do not know whom God has chosen for salvation, but should we not preach as though they all were. Or should we assume that God has chosen none and therefore keep our mouths closed.

The way I see it we really have two choices:

1) We continue to be self absorbed people who care nothing for the salvation of others and continue to keep the truth about God and His gospel to ourselves.

2) We start acting like ambassadors of the King, who love God and love others enough to declare to all men everywhere the greatness of God and the beauty of the Savior.

Oh, that God would teach us all to be the latter!

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