From the minister's desk
“How To Avoid Being A Castaway (part 2)”Categories: from the minister's desk
I am excited about our theme of study as well as our monthly topics of study. I truly believe that nothing is or should be more important than for Christians to be aware and concerned about being a castaway. There will those who have spent most of their lives in the Church, in the Lord, as Christians and will not be saved. This is clearly taught in scriptures and by Jesus himself. Here is the seed; “Not everyone that says unto me Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.” Mt.7:21 Don’t be a castaway!
Our topic for the month is “Good Seed or Tare?” It is asking a question which I’m asking you to answer of yourself. Use the word of God to get your answer. God’s word is the ‘good seed’ and it will produce good fruit when planted in good soil, receptive hearts and minds of men.
As we teach and preach, our goal is to ‘save souls and keep souls saved.’ To do that we must ‘continue in the words of Jesus’ being mindful to ‘avoid the fate of a castaway.’ Castaway is a word for worthless, reject, disqualified, etc. Paul speaks of his concern of being a castaway. 1Cor.9:27 Tare is a weed known as the darnel plant which resembles wheat.’ Jesus speaks of tares in Mt.13:25-40…
Seeing that it is possible that once saved people can be lost if they do not continue in Christ, sowing the seeds of His word into one’s heart and bringing forth the fruit of its kind, what is more important to be reminded of and taught than this? Jesus taught that “If a man abides not in me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” Jo.15:6 Abiding in Him also means abiding in His word, the doctrine. His words are the seeds for producing in us the fruits of God.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ don’t allow yourselves to be a castaway because you did not obey the Lord, because you did not allow the seeds of His word to penetrate your heart and grow you into the product His seed is given to produce. Learn what the “works ordained by God” are and do them. Learn what the “treasures” accepted in heaven are and lay up some. Learn what the “fruit of the Spirit” is and allow the Spirit to cultivate the seeds in you. This takes effort on your part and trusting God that “your labors are not in vain in the Lord.” Don’t be a Castaway!