HE’S YOUR GOD TOO Andy Hollifield 9-2-18
Romans 10:12-13 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. (13) For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
“All that call upon him.” Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely.” “Let him that is athirst come.” “Come now, and let us reason together.” “Come unto me, all ye that labour…” Just a few of the invitations listed throughout the bible from God to all mankind. Romans 12, Revelation 22, Isaiah 1, and Matthew chapter 11. “Blessed are they which hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6). Did you notice anything in each of these scriptures? There are no qualifications except for being hungry and thirsty. “All, whosoever, and us” are just a few of the words that tell who can come to the Lord.
The words and verses I listed are all-inclusive. They don’t leave anyone out. Before anyone gets carried away there is one requirement; you have to come. We have all had tickets that were non transferable and you have to be present to win. This is kind of like that. When he invites you personally, and he will, just come to him and repent of your sins and ask his forgiveness and he will forgive. No one has ever yet enjoyed and made use of a gift that they didn’t accept. You must accept his free gift of salvation.
With all of that said, I will get on to my main subject. A preacher friend of mine told me that his mom preached one of the best messages he ever heard. She didn’t actually preach but expressed one point to him in a time of uncertainty and it was a lesson he never forgot. As preachers we are supposed to encourage the flock of God and also to declare the whole counsel of God. He was apparently talking to his mom, like us men sometimes do, about some of our frustrations in ministry about things we cannot fix. A good pastor or preacher will share the burden of his congregation. He will hurt right along with them or give wise godly counsel and sometimes just sit and listen while they bend his ear. Apparently, he was a little discouraged and his mom simply told him, “He’s your God too.” Sometimes we get so wrapped up in the needs of others that we can let ourselves discouraged, sad, perplexed, and just plain weary at times.
If Elijah was subject to getting afraid and feeling sorry for himself, I am sure that I am too. The bible says in Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Sometimes all of these verses I have listed are easier to read than they are to accept. Quite often we have to be reminded or remind ourselves that we don’t preach a God that is just for everyone else but he’s our God too. Regardless of what your position is in the church or if you even have one, we all need to remember that if we have ever been born again, He’s our God too.
I also thought that was a great message from a wise godly lady. No doubt it was spoken in a time of need for him to remember it all these years. The scripture in 1 Samuel 30:6 tells us that in probably the lowest time in his life that “David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” Sometimes we have to do that until God sends reinforcements. When he does, it is right on time every time. It is always exactly what we need and always when we need it. So maybe I am the reinforcement for someone. Maybe this will strengthen you enough to face another round. God hasn’t forgotten where you are or what you need and he will supply them. He can see you through the storm you may be in no matter how dark it may look. Always remember that “He’s your God too.” Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!