Once there was a currency shortage in the British Empire. Oliver Cromwell (who led the Commonwealth of England) ordered a thorough search for silver to deal with the emergency. A month later, he received a report: “We searched everywhere in vain. We found none anywhere except in the cathedrals. The statues of saints there are made of choice silver.”
Cromwell declared, “Let’s melt down the saints and put them in circulation.”
Aren’t we guilty of being “silver saints”? There is a shortage of believers reaching out for seekers. Yet, we remain in our “pedestals” or comfort zones and we rarely if ever circulate. For almost two months now, we went through a series on our mission statement, that is, “Glorify God by Multiplying Biblical, Committed and Loving Followers of Jesus Christ.” Would you answer God’s call to be a multiplier of His followers?
Don’t wait for a meltdown before you would circulate. The Lord Jesus mandated to be His witnesses not only “in Jerusalem [but also] in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8, NIV). They already fulfilled phase one of that mandate. The Sanhedrin or the Jewish Supreme Court itself admitted: “you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching” (5:28). Enter phase two. The Jews martyred Stephen. As a result, “On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria. ... Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.” (8:1, 4) I pray that we would not wait for a meltdown or a persecution to break out before we share the Gospel.
This Sunday, in our Adult Sunday school at 10:00 AM, we will start a series on the Everyday Commandment. We will explore how to express God’s love to our spheres of influence through simple, non-threatening, practical and powerful ways. I am looking forward to see you there!
Brethren, let us circulate now!