A Shepherd's Care
Written by (D.R.H.D.S) Dan Dixon
A TIME TO BE BORN, A TIME TO DIE
The other day I was asked why I write "A Shepherd's Care."
And with the Lords help I'll try to give you a few answers.
1. 1 Corinthians 9:16
says: "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is me if I preach not the gospel."
I was 30 years old when I by faith took God at His word and trusted in Christ as my Lord and Saviour. For 30 years I had served Satan, and served him well. And now, within my heart, is a desire to serve and write about my Jesus, my Lord and Saviour. Trenton is my home, and when I drive through town, I see the necessity of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ crucified. There are so many who are still rejecting the crucified love of Calvary.
Dear parents, do you love your children? Dear grandparents, do you love your grandchildren? Dear husbands, do you love your wife? Dear wives, do you love your husband? Dear aunts and uncles, do you love your nieces and nephews? Dear friends, Do you love your neighbors?
Is it possible that one of your loved ones will be pointed to Calvary by reading "A Shepherd's Care?" That's one reason why I think it is necessary to write it.
2. Mark 16:15
Jesus says: "Go you unto all the world and preach the Gospel." Romans 1:16
Paul says: "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth."
As a servant of the Lord, I may never be called upon to go to Africa or China with the message of Christ crucified. I heard of a missionary who spent most of his life in Angola and wrote a book called "Angola, My Beloved."
I have often prayed "Father, may Trenton be my beloved."
This is where I was born, and probably where I will die (apart from the rapture.) May I not say Lord You have commanded me to go into all the world with the Gospel. Trenton and the surrounding area may be the only world I will ever know. Dear young brother and sister in Christ, you too have been called to serve your Lord and Master, maybe in distant lands, but until He opens that door, serve Him where you are now. Until He sends you somewhere else, are there not lost souls and loved ones right here at home, who could be pointed to Christ by your missionary hands and life?
3. II Corinthians 6:2
Paul says: "Behold, now is the accepted time, behold now is the day of salvation."
Another reason I write "A Shepherd's Care" is because of the shortness of our time here upon the earth. It seems when we are young, time goes so slow, but as you get older time goes so fast and soon time on earth will be over. "There is a time to be born, there is a time to die." Ecclesiastes 3:12.
It seems we take time for everything we want to do; time for work, time for play, time for golf, time for T.V, time for exercise. Time for everything and yet so little time for the one who loved us and gave Himself for us at Calvary.
Why is it that so many have (find) time for everything but Jesus? Maybe it's time to check and see where Jesus fits on your priority list before it is too late. Here today, gone tomorrow. What about your loved ones (sons, daughters, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, etc?) I write "A Shepherd's Care" because I think it is time they heard about Jesus and trust Him as Lord and Saviour.
Maybe you think I am wasting my time writing "A Shepherd's Care." I Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God."
Love in Christ - Dan