The Guarantee of Success and the Privilege of Involvement

Logic is a
good thing when it is used to serve one’s understanding of God and
man.  When one uses logical deductions based on certain aspects of
truth that would end up contradicting other tenets of revealed truth,
then one is using his logic illogically and unbiblically.  For example,
“If God already knows who will be saved and chose all of them, then I
don’t have to witness and evangelize.”  The “if” statement is true, but
the “then” statement, the logical deduction, is untrue because it
contradicts and does not properly take into account other tenets of
revealed truth.

So here is one guarantee of success for us Christians.  Jesus said,
“On this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not
prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18).  That is a true statement and
guarantee.  But then one may wrongly deduce, “Well if Christ is going
to build the church, then I don’t need to get involved, risk my life,
exhaust my resources, and invest my time in building the church and
spreading the gospel.”  That’s true if you are not part of the church
or if you want to stay in sin.  The church will move on and hell will
not prevail.  But that promise/guarantee is not meant to make you relax
and remain passive, it is meant to empower you and embolden you to jump
in and be a part of the action.

In reading Esther 4 today, God reminds us that though success is
guaranteed, involvement in the success is a privilege and optional. 
The guarantee is that the Jews will not perish.  The privilege is for
Esther to be part of the deliverance.  The Jews were threatened with
extinction.  Esther could have chosen to be passive or risk her life in
attempting to be part of the solution.  Mordecai tells her, “If you
keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews
from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.  And
who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as
this?” (Esther 4:14).  Esther was not guaranteed that she would
personally succeed.  But it was certain, as God’s promise is certain,
that the Jews would be ultimately delivered.  So Esther could have
remained passive and thought, “well, we’ll be delivered eventually” or 
she could’ve been emboldened and thought, “If God promised us blessing
as the covenant people, then I know that my attempt will not be in vain
as I trust him.”  That is the Christian attitude.  I’m sure that Esther
does not regret risking her life.  Even Christians who have died for
the gospel, I’m sure that where they are at right now they don’t regret
risking their lives either!

The guarantee of success is not a guarantee of the details.  God
guarantees he will work all things together for my good.  He guarantees
that he will glorify himself.  He guarantees he will never fail me as I
trust his revelation in Christ and the Scriptures.  He promises his
church will be built and the gospel will spread and Satan and hell
cannot stop it.  So let’s jump in, give our lives, and trust his
promises as we enjoy the privilege of getting involved in the victory. 
We don’t deserve to be part of the process of God bringing about
victory over sin and death in the world through the church, but through
Christ we are granted the privilege and opportunity.  Don’t waste your
life.

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About pjtibayan

I love Jesus Christ and live to share life and share Jesus together with First Southern Baptist Church of Bellflower primarily to Southeast Los Angeles County.
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