The Reason For This Blog


 

Matthew 6:1–2 (ESV)
“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward."


Out of an abundance of caution I decided awhile back to post thoughts I had after completing my daily readings. I did so with the intent of recording my own thoughts as a sort of journal—a way to document my own journey of discipleship. A concern I had—and still have—is to fall into a group such as those described by Christ in the above verses. While Matthew 6:1-2 is not exactly fitting for a blog writer, I stay concerned that any sense of pride from writing and posting my thoughts ever creep into my heart.

While my primary purpose is one of self-reflection, I am also aware that others may stumble upon this blog and read its contents. Obviously, that is a desire of mine, else I would just keep my thoughts stored locally on my PC. Thus, I hope that by reading this blog, some individual becomes more curious about Christ enough to investigate Christianity further. My prayer is that a small crack is opened and the Holy Spirit is invited in to begin His work of redemption.

Most of us will likely never know how many people we have turned towards Christ. Yes, we may have family and friends who have accepted the free gift of salvation due in part to our testimony, but we overlook the others who may become Christians because of the influence of these people in turn on their lives. The snowball potential can be staggering. I say this not to invoke a boasting heart, but rather to remind everyone that we simply never know the complete impact we have on our evangelical efforts, both intentional and just by walking daily in the light of Jesus Christ.

This should inspire us to seek out the lost even more. For if we can even point one person in the direction of Christ, we may ultimately have a small part in bringing salvation to an entire family line for generations. I say small part because only the Holy Spirit brings the conviction necessary to save a soul.

And therefore the purpose of this blog is just that. If only one individual on this planet takes what I have written here and chooses to explore a further relationship with Christ, then it is all worth it.

To God be the Glory.

Joe

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