Sermon Passage: James 5:19-20
Sermon Title: Wander to Wonder
Sermon By: Pastor Davy (Youth)
When a sheep strays away from its shepherd, it strays away from its protection, refuge, supervision, comfort, and direction. Without its shepherd, a sheep is helplessly lost. This is what James compares to a person wandering from the truth. To wander from the truth is like a sheep that strays from its shelter, comfort without direction. A wandering soul is helplessly lost. But this word, “wandering” has an opposite meaning in the New Testament. And this complementary meaning is “to grow in Christ”. and how do we grow in Christ? by pursuing the truth that some wander away from. This truth is that Christ yearns for a relationship with us. That because he loves us, he died for our sins.
Then James urges us to bring a wanderer back to the truth. Because to bring him back is to allow him to turn away from the darkness and the power of Satan and to turn towards the light and God.
But often times, don’t we find that “bringing someone back” is a role of the holy and the anointed? do we really take this message to heart? Why do we find that we are often not qualified for God’s kingdom work?
When we find a lost child at a mall, is it our job to take the child home and to feed and clothe him like he is our own? No. We have this misunderstanding that when we evangelize, we need to make sure to bring them to salvation. But is that what God asks of us? no. When we find a lost child, our responsibility is to only bring the child back to its father. The Father will take care of the child. The Father will see to the child’s needs. Our job is to show Christ. Our job is to share the Gospel. To show the way to God.