A missionary to New Guinea returned after many years of service. His friend asked him, “Tell me, what did you find among the people of New Guinea?”
“Find! I found something that looked more hopeless than if I had been sent into the jungles to a lot of beasts.”
“What do you mean?”
“Why those people were so bound by the enemy that they seemed to have no moral sense. If a mother was carrying her little boy, and the baby began to cry, she would throw it into the ditch, and let it die. They had no compassion whatsoever. They did not know what it meant.”
“Well, what did you do for people like that? Did you preach to them?”
“Preach? No! I lived.”
“Lived? How did you do live?”
“When I saw a baby crying, I picked it up, and comforted it. When I saw a man with a broken leg, I mended it. When I saw people in distress, I took them in, and cared for them. I lived that way.
And those people began to come to me, and say, “What does this mean? What are you doing this for? Then I had my chance, and I preached the gospel.”
“Did you succeed?”
“When I left, I left a church!”
The Bible exhorts, “Declare His glory among the nations. His wonders among all peoples” (Psalm 96:3).
The corresponding word for declare is a book. The participle is often rendered a scribe or writer. The verb is rendered, tell, show forth, declare. The variety of verbs in verses 1 – 3 means that we are to use all and any proper means to make known the salvation that is in Christ and Christ alone.
“God’s Plan A for the redemption of the world is the Church, and He has no Plan B.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center