For one thing, the church is the people who inhabit the church when there are services and it seems that we are keeping the “salt” inside the shaker. We aren’t taking the Word of God, the message that Jesus gave to His disciples, outside the building. We are not letting our light shine into the dark world around us. But…that is what Jesus told His disciples to do! We can’t keep this gift of love and grace to ourselves.
The love that God showed to all of humanity through His Son and His Son’s sacrifice cannot and should not be hidden. God loved us long before Islam or any other religion came into the world and He determined that He would bring salvation to all who would accept it. Through His Son and His sacrifice, He made it possible for the salvation of mankind to be available to us because we can’t be perfectly sinless. Our nature prevents it.
But, even if the world doesn’t want Christianity and the benefits that it brings to the world, it is our duty to our King and our Savior to take His message to as many as will receive it. We cannot hide our light or the Light of Jesus from them. We have to let people know that they are loved dearly by the Creator of the Universe!
We are living in a time that is unprecedented in the history of the world. Hatred abounds. True love seems to be absent from most of the places where it was preeminent at one time. The church, the body of Christ has become weak and fewer in number than ever before. The churches that are left are teaching a doctrine that Jesus would not approve of because it is the doctrine and the “wisdom” of men.
What are we supposed to do during this time?
We who are the believers, the born-again believers of this age, are supposed to be taking the message of Jesus and His love to the world around us and to the world at large. We have more available technology to do this than any other generation before us and we must use it. We should be “about our Father’s business” every day…not just on Sunday or Wednesday night during Bible study. God called each of us to be a witness to His love and power and we are to take this message to those who need it the most…our friends and family and also to others who need to know Him.
If we don’t take it to them and tell them about His love for them, then their fate will be on our hands because we are responsible for those who God called us to touch with our lives and the words that God gives us. It is our witness that will bring them back from the edge of hell and back to the loving arms of God. Nobody else in the world can touch your sister or your brother like you can. Nobody can get your son’s attention or your daughter’s attention in the way that you can. If you touch other lives with His message and they change their ways so to become part of God’s family then God is pleased with your efforts.
Are these efforts required to enter into heaven? No they are not! When you feel the Spirit touch your Spirit during a song or a sermon and you know what you should do with your life, don’t turn away from Him. Run to Him, ask His forgiveness for taking so long and ask Him to change your life into the life that He needs you to be. Only at that point can you fulfill God’s purpose for your life.
We are special in God’s eyes. We are not gods and we are not prophets although we as preachers are prophets too. When you are born again, God doesn’t see you and your sinful life anymore. After you have asked Jesus to come in and clean your heart and soul up so that you are a new creation, you truly are a new creature in Christ. Your old ways and your old friends need to pass away from you and you should bring in new friends and new ways. God looks at us and sees the blood of Jesus covering our sins and He sees His Son in us working to do the will of the Father.
Your life and mine are not ours anymore. We belong to God and we are His workmen, His disciples to take His message to the world. Even if we only touch one person who comes to Jesus for salvation, the angels in heaven praise God and shout for joy because one more sinner has been saved. Don’t sit on the bench, get up and get into the game so that one more soul can be saved. As Private Doss said in “Hacksaw Ridge”, “Lord, help me get one more. Just one more”. In the night that he said these words over and over, he was the only medic on the ridge and he saved over seventy souls from certain death that night. But…he was not alone in his work as a medic. Jesus went with him every step of the way.
I used to wonder
exactly how I was supposed to find this out. Was God going to tell me
or was I going to have to figure it out on my own? It has taken the
better part of a decade of Bible study and I’m still not at the
point of pointing to a passage or a dream where He told me “This is
my will for you”. Our problem lies with our own stubborn nature. It
isn’t just my problem, it is every Christian’s problem. We think
that we have it figured out but we really don’t and unless you read
God’s Word and listen to what He says in it, you will miss it
God’s will for
each of us is different. Some of us are called to be teachers and
some are called to be preachers or evangelists. Some of us are called
to be prayer warriors for those who need God’s touch in their lives
in whatever way He will provide for them. Some of us are to be
healers by the way we serve others and some are encouragers to those
in the ministry or the church who need that. It takes prayer and
being receptive to the Holy Spirit’s words in your Spirit to hear
and truly listen with your Spiritual ears in order to find out your
calling, your path which God has for you to follow.
Some people pick up
on this fairly early in their walk with Jesus and sometimes it takes
a long time before their ears (Spiritual) can hear clearly enough to
catch what He is saying. Many times it takes a good bit of Bible
study and prayerful reading of God’s Word in order to learn His
voice well enough to know when He is speaking to you. Unfortunately,
many people in our churches today only open their Bible’s on Sunday
and they leave it closed for the rest of the week. You can’t learn
about God’s voice or His Wisdom by doing that, but a lot of people
seem to be “reading” God’s Word along with the pastor and very
little at any other time.
This is not a “how-to” article for finding God’s Will for your life but reading God’s Word is the best way to know His voice and to learn what He has said about His Will in the past. God doesn’t change and His will for us is the same as it was for His disciples and prophets in the past. Go and tell others about My plans for their salvation through Jesus. If they don’t know Jesus, then tell them. If they have walked away from the church then encourage them to come back and hear what God wants for them today! Young people need to hear this message more than any other because there are so many other messages which are being taught and put in their faces today on the Internet and on TV. They need to know which message is the Truth and it is God’s Truth!
Jesus came to bring His message to His people. He chose men who weren’t preachers or priests but He did choose men who had the ability to tell other people in a way that they will hear and understand His message. The command which was given to the apostles before Jesus was taken up into Heaven was to go and tell everyone who would listen about this risen Savior that loves them and would like to see them accept Him as their Savior too.
Here’s a small graphic which illustrates what this kind of growth would look like if every person went out and told at least one other person and then that person told one more, then they went out and told two each until the whole world would hear.
I know it isn’t very persuasive in its meaning, but if each of us would tell someone about what Jesus did for us and for them, God can cause that seed of faith to grow. Then when they tell someone it will bloom into two more people. Do you see where this is going? It only takes one believer to truly believe and then tell someone else about Jesus Christ and then do it again, and they will tell someone and they will tell someone, etc. Will everyone you tell go and tell someone else? Not likely, but if they only tell one person and then that person changes their life and maybe tells someone else, even if it is just one person, the message is spreading.
Why is this important? Because that is our job as believers, as Christians! We are supposed to tell others what Jesus did for us and for them…but don’t stop with just one other person. Tell anyone who will listen because it is urgent! We don’t know when Jesus will call His church home. It could be tonight or in the morning but we should be telling people right up until the time when the trumpet sounds. Maybe we will be telling someone about our Savior when we are called home. If they didn’t want to believe before we said anything, when we vanish before their very eyes they will believe! It may be a little late for them to come to Jesus but they will likely come to know Him better from that day on.
Don’t waste your time looking around on Facebook! Tell someone that you know about Jesus and about what He has done for you, because God wants as many of His children in Heaven as He can get. Amen
This day is a day of remembrance for those who have lost loved ones in wartime conflicts. We strive in our Christian lives against the powers of the world and the Satanic powers and demons and we should be careful in our walk with Jesus because of the influence against us. While it is true that in America we are not killed for our faith, we are still persecuted for it if we show it openly. But…isn’t that what Jesus told us to do? Jesus said to “go and tell the world the good news of salvation“.
We should remember those who have gone into the world and told of His good news because many of those were martyred for their witness and their faith. They are casualties in the war between the Light of Jesus and the Darkness of the world. God offers each of us the chance for salvation through belief in Jesus as our Savior but how will others know of Him if we don’t tell them? Do not forget the sacrifice of those who died for our freedoms but also don’t forget those who have died for the cause and the message of Jesus Christ our Lord as well.