Watering the Tulips
January 30, 2013
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear” –Isaiah 59:1
There is not a person so dire that God cannot save them. Saul (that is, the Apostle Paul) was still“breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord” when God stopped him in his tracks on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1-8). I’m not sure a man ever hated the people of God more than Paul did in his natural condition. And yet, God opened his heart to the Gospel of Christ and then sent him out to preach it! It was no more difficult for God to save Saul than anybody else.
Every reader of this article knows somebody in an unregenerate state who needs Jesus. Humanly speaking, some of these cases seem impossible to us. From the human standpoint, there are some who simply could never come to Christ. They are too wicked! They are too hardened! But, that’s the human viewpoint – not the Scriptural teaching. The truth is, no one person is more separated from God by nature than another. Every one of us is totally depraved when we are born.
All of us were born in the same state – “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1). The same power that resurrected you from the dead is able to raise up your neighbor. Nobody is deader than somebody else. It’s difficult for us sometimes to remember how disinterested we were in the things of God prior to the new birth. Many of us have been saved for decades. However, until the Spirit of God stirred our dead souls, our hearts and minds did not comprehend the things of God (1 Corinthians 2:14).
It certainly is not my intent to make a theology lesson out of this article. But, sometimes it does us good to be reminded that we were just as lost as the person we look at as a hopeless case. Certainly, man left to himself is without “hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). However, “the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save”. Just as Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, so the Holy Spirit of God can raise a dead sinner to life in Christ with no problems at all.
Just as the farmer plants seeds and hopes for a harvest, so we should be planting the seed that God has sent us out to plant. Romans 1:16 tells us plainly that the Gospel of Christ “is the power of God to salvation”. It is our duty to plant that seed. However, just as the farmer waits on God to raise a seed out of the ground, so we do the same. Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase” (1 Corinthians 3:6). This must be our motivation to tell even the most criminal among us of God’s provision for saving sinners.
Child of God, be encouraged. God is still saving sinners. Every time a person comes to faith in Christ, God has worked. Every time a person believes the Gospel, the Holy Spirit has raised them from among the spiritually dead. This is not hard for Him. Our duty is to simply share the message He has sent us out with and rely on Him to empower His Word (1 Thessalonians 1:4-5).
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