This could be the text for a thousand sermons! To list all the great things God has done would be impossible. His blessings are more than can be numbered. However, it is important that we count our blessing, the best we can, and rejoice in them. That can keep you going when the road is rough, the times are tough, and the days are difficult. We live in troublesome times and we’re often discouraged by our difficulties. Fears cause us to lose our focus and blinds us to our blessings. Then things go from bad to worse. To prevent that we must remember that we not only have a responsibility to rejoice, but a reason also–many reasons. We dare not overlook them.
Some times we are guilty of overlooking things that should be cause for great rejoicing. For example, someone inquires about how church was Sunday and we say, “The attendance was up, three were baptized and, O yeah one was saved”. We witness a soul being saved and then mention it with no more excitement than a comment about the weather. How can that be? How excited would you be if someone paid off all your debt and deposited a million dollars in your account? Or if your dearest loved one was healed of terminal cancer? Or, what if God raised your dearest loved one from the dead? Imagine that! Yet the salvation of a soul is an even greater miracle than any of those things. How can we not get excited about seeing someone born again?
If getting a raise, having your team win a ball game, or seeing your candidate win the election excites you more than a soul being saved, something is horribly wrong in your life. Absolutely nothing is more important or glorious than the salvation of a lost sinner. It is a great blessing to witness someone become a child of God, to have all their sins forgiven, to be delivered from their sins, and to be assured of a home in heaven. If ever there was a “WOW!” moment that is it. Witnessing this will cause you to have a good day even though everything else seems to be going wrong. Perhaps the best evidence that a church needs a revival is its lack of concern for lost souls. Just how glad are you when a sinner is saved? — HDS