Why We Don't Need a Nightstand Ministry

by Richard Mansel, managing editor
bookstacked2.jpgWe know how this works far too often. New periodicals come to the church building in the mail and the preacher puts them on the table by the new bulletin.
Brethren pick them up and insert them into their Bibles. When they get home, they put the magazine on their nightstand to read. There it sits unread until it moves to the trashcan.
A young person peruses the tract rack and selects some intriguing titles, stuffing them into their Bible. Soon, they take them home, so their carpet can hold onto them. Eventually, they find their way into the trash.
There are over six billion people on earth and most will be lost eternally (Matthew 7:13-14). Jesus has commissioned us to take the gospel into the world and to reach lost souls with his message of salvation (Matthew 28:18-20).
We are told to “preach the Word” with passion and love and never give up on this quest (2 Timothy 4:2; Ephesians 4:15).
Souls are more precious than anything else in existence (Matthew 16:26). They desperately need to hear the gospel. We must do all within our power to get the truth of God’s Word into their hands.
“So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV). If we do not reach them with the gospel, how will they learn the truth?
While humans have precious souls from God, inanimate objects do not (James 2:26). Yet, they hold more Biblical materials than any Christian heart. We fill them with books, periodicals and tracts that we intend to read, but never do.
We do not need to evangelize shelves, nightstands, trashcans and carpets. They will be burned up in the end (2 Peter 3:10). We need to stop burdening them with these materials and put them in our hearts and then into the hands of the lost, so their sins can be remitted (Acts 2:37-38).
Missionaries often struggle to find enough teaching materials. Yet, we throw ours away unread. How does this glorify God? (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Nightstands do not need the gospel, souls do! We need to be reading and sharing the good news with the world.
May God, not dust bunnies, be praised.

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