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Touching Others' Lives To Come To Jesus

Text: Mark 1:40-45   IBCWPM   October 11, 2006

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   To a certain extent and in some special ways, our lives could touch other lives without knowing it. The way we say words or do things may be as simple as ABC in our own understanding, but to others, they may create good or bad effects to their lives. Without doubt, every man's way of living is a visible result of a certain influence.

 

   People from all walks of life and from all corners of the world differ from each other in their beliefs and practices. Most likely, it is because of the strong influence of people surrounding them or through their forefathers' well-lived principles of life. What a needful reminder for us to consider, that we are not living for our own selves, but for others as well.

 

   As we realize the importance of living a well-lived life, here is a good question to ask ourselves: What kind of influence does my life contribute to the lives of others? Wouldn't it be wonderful if our lives were to be used to touch others' spiritual awareness so they may be led to the Living Savior? Surely, our God-given purpose will be fulfilled wonderfully.

 

   The story of the leper who came to Jesus for healing is a simple illustration of how to be a blessing to others. His unwavering faith moved the Lord's heart of compassion, and as an amazing result, the Lord healed him miraculously. Through his exceptional faith, he became a living testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

   In Mark 1:45, it is written, But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter. (KJV) This passage makes us realize that the life of every recipient of the grace of God who truly lives by the Word of God, could touch other lives to draw closer to the Lord, not only for physical healing, but for God's great salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.                                       

 

(I)            We Must First Come To Jesus

Mark 1:40-42

-Through praying

-Through worshipping

-Through seeking God's will

-Through faith

 

   The leper's way of coming to the Lord was an excellent manifestation of one's humility and sincerity before the Holy One. It is written in Mark 1:40-42, And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed. (KJV) These interesting verses show us how to come to the Lord with reverential attitude. We must keep in mind that "God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble". (James 4:6).   

 

   The leper's reliance to the will of God was noteworthy and inspiring. He knew who he was and who Jesus was. He knew he was not worthy to come to Christ for healing, but through his strong faith, he gained the loving-kindness of the Lord. His prayer was so simple and yet powerful. His knowledge about Jesus' boundless power was revealed through his words when he said, "If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Truly, his willingness to accept God's will for his life was undeniable.

 

   How shameful, but true, that many professing believers overlook the importance of coming to the Lord regularly through prayers of faith, worshipping and seeking for the will God for their lives. Is it really our intense desire to lead lost souls to Christ? We must first come to Jesus the way the leper came to Him - in humility, asking for cleansing - and surely, we will be amazed how God will use and empower us so we could lead others to Christ.

                          

 

(II)          We Must Possess An Undeniable Testimony

Mark 1:43-45

-We must be obedient to the Word of God

  • His instructions

-We must show first our changed life

-We must publish the wonderful things God has done for us

  • We must share the Gospel of Christ

 

   This dark and dying world is in great need of Christians whose lives are unquestionably dedicated to the Lord. Millions of souls are dying without hope and only few believers are really concern for them. Many believers also profess their eagerness to proclaim the Word of Truth, but they fail to influence others to come to the Savior because of their world-friendly ways of life and their indifferent attitude toward the will of God. As a sad result, they are sending a distorted image of Christianity to the whole world.

 

   The healed leper's life had a great impact on the lives of others because of his visible and undeniable changed life. He was instructed to show first what God has done for him before he publish the Good News. That's exactly what we need today: Christians must show first their God-glorifying life before they could speak much for Christ. Professing believers could not move lost people a bit to draw nearer to God if their lives are closer to the world than God's Word.

 

   As we look forward to our Savior's coming, it's high time for us, not only to spread the Gospel of Christ, but also to show our humility, reverence, obedience, faith and love for the Lord. It would be quite hard for us to expect other people to love the Lord if we don't show first our genuine love for Him and His Word.  Without visible Christian marks in our lives, we will fail to show a convincing and heart-touching testimony for the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us, then, serve the Lord in sincerity and in truth and be a blessing to others.

      

   

                  

 

 

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