“Pony Express Riders”

Posted: July 16, 2010 in Christian Life, Compassion, Crowns, Death, Isaiah, Resurrection, Salvation

  In 1860 there was an unusual ad in a San Francisco paper. “Wanted-young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages $25 per week. Apply to Central Overland Express.”

  The Pony Express wanted to have young men who were willing to put their job ahead of their own lives if necessary. The days of the Pony Express have passed off the scene and are now but a memory.

Letter Carriers. But there is another employer who is looking for letter carriers too. He prefers lowly people (1 Corinthians 1:26-31) who are willing to risk their personal, temporal well being to deliver a life or death message to others who are in grave danger. The pay usually isn’t much during this life but the guaranteed retirement benefits are out of this world (Romans 8:17, 18). It definitely will be worth any personal sacrifice one makes while he/she is employed by this employer.

Qualifications. Before they can apply for the job, the recruits must be those who genuinely believe in their employer. They need to be cleansed thoroughly from head to toe by “taking a bath.” They also need to “keep their feet clean.” This picture was drawn for us in Christ’s washing His disciples’ feet (John 13).

Visions. Men like Isaiah, Daniel, Ezekiel, and the Apostle John had actual visions of the Lord’s majesty. This had a humbling effect on all of them. But then, with God’s power, they went forth to deliver their special messages that God had for each of them to deliver.

Faith. While we won’t have such experiences today, we can enter into them by faith (Hebrews 11:1). What happened to them is believable. It can have the same affect on us today.

One Message. Whether it means staying right where we are, or going to a foreign land, the message of deliverance stays the same for all people. We shouldn’t be ashamed of the message or the One who sends us out on a mission (Romans 1:16, 17). The Good News is what God uses to transfer people out of spiritual darkness into His marvelous light (1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Colossians 1:13, 14).

One Way. Sadly, even after hearing the marvelous Good News that Christ died for our sins and rose again bodily from the grave, some people choose to reject it and the One of whom it speaks. Condemnation and the wrath of God rests on all those who are unbelievers in Christ (John 3:18, 36). He is the only way to God (John 14:6; Acts 4:12). There is only one sin that sends people to hell. Do you know what it is? Read John 16:8-11.

Life – A Vapor. My friend, don’t reject the Only One who can deliver you from an eternal hell. Your days on earth are numbered (James 4:14). Today may be your last day you’ll spend here. As soon as you die you will either be with God in heaven or in the torments of Hades (the holding cell).

Judgment Day. “…it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). The Bible doesn’t teach reincarnation or annihilation of the wicked. You will live forever somewhere.

Help. If you need additional spiritual help, call us at 805-238-3549 or visit our web site at http://www.kelseypeach.com.

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