A May Reflection – and Thoughts on Reaching Out

Today, on this beautiful May day, as I opened my Bible, a tiny piece of paper fell out with this short excerpt, on a subject which I have often written about. I had typed it up years ago on an old typewriter and I feel that it is an exhortation for Christians to reach out to those around them with the truth of God’s Word – not only in this month when Mary is the object of devotion and worship…

As May unfurls its blossoms, and new shoots and buds burst forth, we are encouraged to reflect on the summer which lies before us. But for many, this beautiful month is also associated with Marian worship. We know that, while Mary was an honourable woman and truly blessed, (Luke 1v46-48) she was never intended to be the object of worship or a mediator/”mediatrix.”

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1Timothy 2v5&6)

These days the Bible is so widely and freely available, yet it remains a closed book to many. As we have freely received this wonderful gift of life-giving Light, let us freely give, expounding in love what we have learned to others. As one hymn writer put it: “Can we to men benighted, the lamp of life deny?”

This four verse hymn “From Greenland’s icy mountains,” written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), exhorts us to reach out to “the heathen,” who “in his blindness, bows down to wood and stone!” The old hymn mentions Africa and Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) but really we don’t have to go too far in our own neighbourhoods to find those who “bow down to wood and stone” – and indeed other gods in their lives.

While the Lord does call many to be missionaries in different parts of this world, it is a fact that we are surrounded by all sorts of idolatry wherever we live, while in this present age the Christian’s written and spoken words can reach many nations!

“Can we, whose souls are lighted                                                

With wisdom from on high,

Can we, to men benighted

The lamp of life deny?

Salvation! Yea, salvation!

The joyful sound proclaim,

Till each remotest nation

Has learned Messiah’s name.”

“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 10v32&33)

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3 Responses to “A May Reflection – and Thoughts on Reaching Out”

  1. Cathy Says:

    Good post Elizabeth. 1 Timothy 2:5 is the verse that set me free from my rosary beads, and from praying to “Mary”! I’ve started giving out the small Scripture booklets I have when I go to the store. I gave one to a young man yesterday at the grocery store, and one to a young woman today in another store. Then I thought if I only gave out one a day, in a year 365 would have gotten the word of God in their hands! I’m asking the Lord to give me more opportunities.

  2. bornagain732 Says:

    🙌

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