Wednesday night in my Equipping U class, we were discussing the parables in Luke 15 and how much rejoicing takes place in heaven when a sinner repents and is saved. Here are the specific verses:
v.7 “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous person who need no repentance.”
v.10 “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
v.32 “But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.”
I made the same point that I made in my sermon a couple of weeks ago – that heaven gets more excited when someone gets saved than it does when a large crowd shows up at church. As we continued talking about how much heaven rejoices every time someone is saved, Ferrel Smith made a point I had not thought about before. He said, “The 99 had already received the same treatment.”
Wow! What a great point. When you and I accepted Jesus, heaven rejoiced – a lot.
Now Jesus wants us to join with the angels and rejoice when someone else get saved – rejoice just as much as heaven did when we got saved.
As humans we get excited about a lot of things, like a big win by our football team. Even in church we get excited about a lot of things more than we do evangelism. We boldly talk about a lot of things more than we boldly talk about Jesus to lost people.
I’m praying that God uses the OIKOS Evangelism lessons in Sunday School to help all of us be more excited about seeing people saved. I’m praying that 200 adults will attend the October 2nd OIKOS Evangelism Workshop from 4:00 – 7:00 pm in our worship center.
I’m praying you will become more evangelistic and be more excited about doing whatever it takes to reach people with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m praying that you will enthusiastically want other people to receive the same treatment you did when you gave your life to Christ.
Pastor Steve Hogg