Saturday, April 18, 2009

The Cause

by Dr. Paul Chappell


“And Eliab his eldest brother heard when he spake unto the men; and Eliab's anger was kindled against David, and he said, Why camest thou down hither? and with whom hast thou left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know thy pride, and the naughtiness of thine heart; for thou art come down that thou mightest see the battle. And David said, What have I now done? Is there not a cause?” 1 Samuel 17:28–29


Never stop believing in the cause of transformed lives.

Lee Iacocca is the legendary former CEO of the Chrysler Corporation. As a carmaker he is noted for his historic revival of Chrysler during the 1980s. He is revered as a business mastermind by many. But a look as his autobiography shows his true feelings about his financial and business success: “Here I am in the twilight years of my life, still wondering what it's all about. I can tell you this: fame and fortune is for the birds.” Mr. Iacocca had a cause for his life. He was driven to catapult Chrysler to the top of the auto scene. He was passionate about his cause, yet it never brought him the satisfaction or meaning he desired.

It seems that in today’s world, people are passionate about their causes. Whether it’s saving the whales, preserving the trees, advancing political causes, or promoting ideas; people are passionate about their beliefs. So where are the Christians who are passionate about the cause of Christ, the only cause that provides eternal peace and happiness?

Sadly, many Christians have become silenced about their cause. They have retreated from the front lines, fallen away from the battle for souls, and have taken a back seat to the other causes in our country. But as David said, “Is there not a cause?”

Is there not a cause? Is there still a world dying without Christ? Is God still omniscient in this day? The answer to all these questions is a resounding yes! God is still in control, people still need Christ, and our cause is still to shine the light of God’s Word in our world. We still have cause to fight the good fight of faith.

Even in times of darkness, God has given you a cause. If there were no hope left for the human race, God would have taken you home to Heaven. But you are still here and are still commanded to go and tell others of Christ. Only you can make a difference in the lives of others, and you can only do that through fighting the devil for the cause of the Lord.

Is there not a cause? Do you have a cause to your life? Don’t succumb to the devil’s teaching that the world is so far gone that you cannot make a difference. You can make a difference with Christ’s help. Each time you go out soulwinning, give to the Lord’s work, and live a godly life, you are making a difference in the life of someone else. Never stop believing in the cause of transformed lives. Continue working hard, giving faithfully, and serving so that others can come to know Christ.


To learn more about Pastor Paul Chappell and his ministry, please visit paulchappell.com
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