Proverbs 22 5-22-18

The root of the matter is: Christ died once for all. Our time and energy should be spent finding out why.

Proverbs 22:17-18 Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, [18] for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips.

Solomon taught many lessons, but there is one that stands high above the rest in potential reward or censure:

Proverbs 24:11-12 Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

[12] If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay each person according to what he has done?

All of time, everything that matters is hinged upon the cross. Paul said it like this:

Romans 5:6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Why?

2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Is it really that bad? Am I that bad?

Isaiah 53:6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Christ came to pay the penalty for our sin. He writes our name in His book with His blood as we come to Him to receive forgiveness and to pledge our lives to Him (based on Rev. 13:8).

What happens to those who do NOT come to Christ?

Revelation 20:15 If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

What can we do?

  1. We pray for the conviction of the Holy Spirit concerning sin in lost people’s lives.
  2. We look for opportunities to share a personal testimony about what God has done for us and the joys of following Christ daily.
  3. Invite: to your home, to church, to an event, etc.
  4. When they ask or express interest, tell them about Christ, but always with a heart of compassion and with great discernment. Don’t press. That’s the Spirit’s job.
  5. Be ready. Be prayed up, read up, and walking with Him consistently. We lead by example first.

Is the Gospel important to you? If not, maybe it’s time to read Luke 7:36-50 (included at the end). The person forgiven much may have been Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet in Luke 10:39. The question is, “Are you like Mary or Simon?”

Let’s be about the Father’s business today. Make yourself ready and then be available to God for His purposes.

Luke 7:36-50 NIV

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. [37] When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, [38] and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

[39] When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”

[40] Jesus answered him, “Simon, I have something to tell you.”

“Tell me, teacher,” he said.

[41] “Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. [42] Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?”

[43] Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.”

“You have judged correctly,” Jesus said.

[44] Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. [45] You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. [46] You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. [47] Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little.”

[48] Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”

[49] The other guests began to say among themselves, “Who is this who even forgives sins?”

[50] Jesus said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”

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