I was listening to an Audible version of Warren W. Wiersbe’s book, “50 People Every Christian Should Know” this morning. He shared how one truly precious servant of the Lord who had faithfully served the Lord over many years in both preaching and teaching had left this advice to his congregation and students. His name was Alva Jay McClain (1888-1968)
“You may forget me, that is not a problem.
BUT this is important …
REMEMBER JESUS CHRIST …
Remember Who He is and you’ll never be ashamed to confess Him before others!
Remember Who He is and you’ll never have doubts about your salvation!”
The book by Warren Wiersbe is excellent and it has been an amazing blessing learning about these many Christians who have been willing to faithfully proclaim the Truth of God’s Word. People like Matthew Henry, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, Fanny Crosby, J. Hudson Taylor, Charles H. Spurgeon, Frances Ridley Havergal, Dwight L. Moody, C. I. Scofield, R. A. Torrey, G. Campbell Morgan, Amy Carmichael, Oswald Chambers, H. A. Ironside, Alva Jay McClain (as mentioned above), A. W. Tozer and W. E. Sangster, to mention just a few.
Having said that …. and considered all these people and what Jesus meant to them, the message I got from this book is this:
- Follow Jesus
- Draw very close to Him
- Be prayerful, seeking His will and not our own
- Read and Study His Word
- Hold to the Truth as in God’s Word (not man’s interpretations)
- Share the Truth of God’s Word
- Avoid Modernism
- Avoid Ritualism
- Earnestly contend for the faith once delivered to the saints
And if you’ve never met Jesus as your Saviour, you need to get to know Him without delay!
So, along with Jude, I urge “you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches…” (Jude 3 & 4) There is so much deception – don’t fall for it. The only way you can avoid being deceived is to soak yourself in His Word and obey His Word. Contend for the faith entrusted to us through God’s Word, the Bible … AND
REMEMBER JESUS – PUT HIM FIRST IN YOUR LIFE AND LIVE FOR HIM …. especially in the light of His soon-return!