To open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
Life on Earth is not easy. Problems are inevitable and they are pleasant to nobody. However, none of our problems is greater than living in darkness and under the power of Satan. The mission of the servant of Jesus Christ is not to bring people to a state of prosperity and happiness, but to open their eyes to turn them from darkness to light. Who preach the opposite of what it says Acts 26:18 is not fulfilling his or her task as servant of the Lord. But worst of all is that is allowing souls to be lost.
Many preachers have understood very clearly what their mission is. One is the German Reinhard Bonnke who said: “But the main work of the evangelist is to win souls for Christ, not to preach to Christians asleep, and revive dead churches.” I have seen many Christians living heating banks in churches, which do not grow because nobody goes to the streets to catch the lost and bring them to Christ. Members of these churches only seek to fatten spiritually as they refuse the bread of the Word to those who have not known the Lord.
The British preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) said: “For me, the work of preaching is the greatest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called.” I fully agree with what he says Lloyd-Jones. I have worked in various facets in my life. Among them are: directing music groups, an engineer and scientist, serving as professor and university researcher and serving the Lord. And although being a musician or scientist could seem more prestigious occupations, I feel that preach the Word of God to people is my greatest privilege.
Evangelizing is the highest priority task in a Christian church. English evangelist David Watson (1933-1984) said, “Do something else in the church and do not do evangelism is as rearrange the furniture when the house is on fire.” Watson’s comparison makes sense. Hell in flames waiting for those who fail to repent of their sins and die without receiving the forgiveness and grace of God. If those people did not have the opportunity to hear the plan of salvation through neglect of the church, we are guilty for their downfall.
Norman R. Lewis said a great truth: “Getting God’s forgiveness is the most urgent need of every person on Earth.” Although many people think otherwise, the solution to the serious personal problems of each is not our greatest urgency. Nothing helps us get to solve our economic, relational or health problems if not pay attention to restore our relationship with God, which was broken because of sin.
No one can earn heaven on merit, we have all sinned and for that we are excluded from the presence of a holy God. The wages of sin is death and that is our destiny unless someone paid for us the debt. And Jesus Christ did on the cross; but for the grace may touch you, you must repent of your sins and become Him. There is no other possible way to achieve redemption. Let you receive, by faith, your inheritance. God bless you.