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11 Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are well known to God, and I also trust are well known in your consciences.

 

we persuade men;

Because the team knew that they would stand before the Lord for His evaluation of their service, they were motivated to win others to Christ (2 Co 5:20). They were in the business of persuasion; they did not command or order people to come to Christ (Ac 26:28).

PRINCIPLE:

Evangelism is central to Christ’s assessment of our lives, whether we shared Him to the world or not.

APPLICATION:

The question is whether we build our life around wood, hay, or stubble or not (1 Co 3:10-15). If we construct what we do around gold, silver, and precious stones, then that is rewardable. Are we building a lean-to or shanty? Our Lord will burn those works with fire because they are worthless to Him. If we construct our service around permanent materials, it will abide by the fire of evaluation. The issue is what kind of superstructure we erect with our lives. Have we won others to Christ or not? If we did, then that will be gold, silver, and precious stones in our Lord’s eyes.

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