I beseech you therefore, brethren… Romans 12:1
In this book, I add my voice to those of the Apostle Paul, the Living Word, and the Holy Spirit of God. As a pastor, I am not afraid to beg you in Jesus’ name and in Christ’s stead. I beseech you…brethren…present your bodies a living sacrifice. We live in a world that desperately needs Christ. It is now our turn, our time, our opportunity. We must seize this opportunity, but we must first lay down our lives, our plans, our dreams and live a dedicated, sacrificial life. We must say, “Jesus, my life is yours, and all that I have is yours. Take it and use it for your honor and glory in the local New Testament church.”
I beseech you, I beg you on behalf of the unsaved that need to be reached. I beg you on behalf of your own future. If you have buried your talents, you will be ashamed at His coming. If I can in any way convince you to dedicate your life to Jesus Christ and serve Him wholeheartedly until He calls you Home, one day you will turn to me and say “Pastor Kingsbury, thank you, thank you for caring enough about me to encourage me to give my life wholly to God.”
I beg you selfishly. I am driven by Hebrews 13, which says that a pastor must give an account unto God for the souls of those to whom he ministers. I cannot sit idly by and watch talent and opportunity pass by without lifting my voice in warning. I am not afraid to beg of you. Young people, dedicate your lives to Christ! Old people, dedicate your lives to Christ! Young couples, dedicate your lives to Christ. Present your bodies a living sacrifice to God.
Get involved in the work of God in your church. There is a world to be reached. Some people might say, “You are a fanatic.” Then so be it, but I’ll tell you, I can see the future; I can see eternity, and one day everything of this world around which you and I have built our lives will be gone. All temporal things will be gone; but the eternal, everlasting souls of men will live forever. We have a responsibility. I beg you to meet it.
When I read the words I beseech you…brethren, I am compelled to consider the voices of those that helped to make the church where I am privileged to serve a great church. Nearly four decades ago, a half dozen families stepped out in faith and began North Love Baptist Church.
They had to offer their bodies a living sacrifice unto God. They sacrificed. I have been here more than three of those decades. I have watched with admiration as godly men and women poured themselves and their lives into this place.
to be continued…