AN ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE
The fifth chapter of Jeremiah ends with a thought provoking statement in verse 31 – "...and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?" The preceding chapters speak of the disobedience of the Judean people, such having turned their backs on God. Trapped in sin and rebellion, they were pursuing their own selfish whims and fancies. The end spoken of by God in the last verse, was the same end that needs to be faced by all who walk upon this earth – the end of death.
Indeed, what is being strongly communicated by this statement is the importance of living with an eternal perspective. In other words, we need to constantly weigh our activities and pursuits up against what will count after we leave this world. How dreadful it will be, as a child of God, to enter heaven one day only to discover that your life on earth had no lasting impact? There is only one thing that will last beyond the realm of this life, such being the Kingdom of God. Hence, all we do that extends this – shining for Christ in our words and actions, financing the building of His Kingdom, being hands and feet of love in a suffering world – lasts for eternity. The effects of such conduct result in more people in heaven and less in hell. Can any earthly success ever compete with such a triumph?
And so, dear friend, shine for Jesus. Keep soul-winning at the forefront of your heart and mind. As a follower of Christ, there is no other way to live.
Yours in Him,
FREE FROM FEAR
Imagine having a deep desire to live for Jesus and serve Him wholeheartedly, but not being able to because you lack the courage. Indeed, fear is a force the enemy uses to paralyse many a Christian.
Nonele Mvandaba (27) from Mthatha, wanted nothing more than to be a bold and fearless witness, proclaiming the name of Jesus without compromise. However, fear always held her back. When she heard about the upcoming In His Name Crusade in her hometown, she was determined to attend. A strong believer since 2009, Nonele travelled to town by taxi, then walked the extensive distance from town to the crusade venue. She had one goal in mind, to have a life-changing encounter with her Saviour. “I have never suffered from illnesses, but have always been very fearful,” Nonele explained when giving her testimony.
She describes her experience during prayer for the baptism of the Holy Spirit as “freeing”. “I was shocked at how free and fearless I felt after the evangelist prayed for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I felt this warm touch that I have never, ever felt before!” With gratitude in her voice, she expressed how happy she was to be free from the chains that bound her. “I felt like I was living a limited life in Jesus, but did not know how to let go of that fear that kept me from truly serving Him. Now, I believe that I can serve Him without fear, and that God will carry me in everything that I have to do for Him.”
Nonele is eager to take the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Her desire is to “work for Jesus” and tell people about the Word of God. “I am so thankful for this crusade and I am thankful for what God has done in me. I am so happy!”
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: