Nothing New Under the Sun

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

The writer of Ecclesiastes said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new?’ It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time. There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow” (Ecc 1:9-11).

I am beginning to believe in that passage more every day as I get older.

There is a creative side in me that loves to come up with things that have not been discovered yet. At the same time, I also get inspired by people who are creative and by things that are creatively done.

I think there is a sense of significance when we come up with “new things.” We also are able to reflect God’s creativity since He is the greatest “creator” of all time.

I was in the middle of coming up with a new idea and concept (of course this is all relative) when I decided to do a Google search just to see what was out there. And guess what? Yup, the Ecc 1:9-11 affect.

Love for the Lost

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Viewpoint

This quote by Charles H. Spurgeon painted a great mental picture of how our concern and love for the lost should be:

“If sinners be damned, at least let them leap to Hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees. Let no one go there unwarned and unprayed for.”

It is so easy to lose our heart for the lost. Statistics show that the longer we have been a Christian, the fewer number of pre-Christians friends we will have. We get so caught up with Christian things that we forget the spiritual state that we were in before we came to Christ.

I have discovered over the years that 3 groups of people usually have a greater burden for the lost:

1) They did not grow up in the church – they were pre-Christians most of their lives.

2) They have family members or someone that they love very much who are not believers.

3) They grew up in the church but they fell away and rededicated their lives to Christ.

I think ultimately what is required to have the heart that Spurgeon described in his quote is simply having God’s heart. This comes by reading His Word and seeing how His heart broke for the lost and also by prayer.

I love what D. T. Niles said, “Evangelism is just one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.”

We are beggars who have found the Bread of Life.