Today with so much going on in our society it is very easy to just be silent and let it just happen. I mean isn’t there enough people being loud and obnoxious for everyone? People fighting to have rights to allow their sin to be public and accessible, I most cases forcing others to accept the unacceptable. Sin doesn’t change with the times, sin is sin. How you define something doesn’t change what it is.
I said to myself, “I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.” But as I stood there in silence— not even speaking of good things— the turmoil within me grew worse. The more I thought about it, the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words: “ LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”
Psalms 39:1-5 NLT
Every been with someone for a long period of silence? Awkward at times isn’t it, not knowing exactly what to say next. Maybe you are choosing to be silent or lost for words, but in this verse, we are reminded yet again that life is short. The moment we choose to be silent might be the only time the person you are neglecting to share the love of Christ to is ready to hear it. I don’t want to miss out on those times, I need to be more vocal about my faith, I want to obey.
As believers, we need to speak out in love. Sometimes it is hard because others have taken up the cause and have been either hateful in their approach or have been butchered by the opposition for their stance. Tolerance is their argument but tolerance in what I believe not yours.
Now we don’t have to go this alone, if you are wiling to speak out about your faith you have help. Like any good political leader they have a speech writer, well we don’t have a writer but we do have the Holy Spirit living inside us who can give us words to speak, reveal truths and things that only he can know. If we would tap into the power he has for us we can speak love and truth that will change the world. Then and only then will we be able to impact those around us and the world.
Dear Jesus, let us not be silent about our faith anymore. Our lives are but a moment and can be taken away just as easy as the next breath. Continually use me to reach others more then I have in the past. So much more. Amen
Making an impact on those around you takes more then just words, it need actions. But both actions and words must match. We can’t use the term do as I say and not as I do any more. To often we are easy to write, say things but to make them a priority in our lives is another. But on the flip side there are pope out there doing good things but just to make themselves feel better and not to glorify God. We do good things because of what Jesus has done for us. No list of good things can ever bring us closer to God, only the acceptance of salvation freely given through Jesus sacrifice and redemption.
“Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””
“If you serve Christ with this attitude, you will please God, and others will approve of you. ”
Are you serving Christ in your church, in your home, in your workplace? Honestly and truly, exam yourself, when was the last time you shared your faith? Invited someone to church? Made a disciple?
We get so caught up in what others might think of us, that we forget that it is what God thinks of us that matters.
A movie with nobody talking about it flops, if those who do watch it don’t tell others how great it is will be out if the theatres before it even started. Music only becomes popular with constraint bombardment over the airwaves. TV is rated in the number of people who view it regularly. But they are all dependant on what others think about it.
Christianity, and the love of Jesus, needs you to communicate that love to others. Jesus doesn’t reach people by osmosis. The season of being the church, and expecting them to figure out how to be saved is over. It didn’t work that well. The saying “be Jesus to your neighbour and If you have to open your mouth”, is irrelevant now a day.
I challenge you to set a goal. If you need to be held accountable, post your goal on here. Ask us to question you on your goal. Pick a number of people you want to reach for Jesus, how many per month, year or week. Maybe you goal us simple inviting people to church, that’s okay too. Church isn’t for the believer.
Dear Jesus, challenge us to reach others for you. Pull us off the couch and out of our comfort zones as you have called us as believers to be so much more. We love you Jesus and we desire to do your will. Let’s start doing your will. Amen
How do you impact those around you who don’t think that their life is missing anything? What do you give to the person who has everything? There is nothing in our own strength that we can do to convince a person they need a savior. The Holy Spirit’s role is to impart on the hearts of unbelievers the need for a savior, convict them that what they are doing is sinful. We need to be open to be used by him in reaching them.
“For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.”
1 Peter 1:18-20 NLT
Take some time today to thank God for the ransom paid so that you might live. If it wasn’t for Jesus sacrifice on the cross and resurrection all that we believe would be nothing. But I am so thankful that it means so much.
Pray today that Jesus will be revealed to your friends, family, coworkers and the random people you meet each day. I pray that the Holy Spirit will give you words and guidance to connect and share Christ’s love to them. I pray that we can share the hope we have in him.
Dear Jesus, I don’t want to hoard your salvation. Give me a passion to share it with others. I don’t want to be like the foolish worker who hid his coin, lest I be thrown out for not multiplying what you have given me. Open my lips and guide in me in the words needed to share your love. Amen
As we open the letters in the New Testament we are reading the mail of the early church. So much of what was written impacts pour walk as believers as the early church and the church today are dealing with very similar challenges.
“First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you. For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.”
Romans 1:8-12 NKJV
As I was reading this morning I was debating on what to ask about. I thought about using the second half of Romans, But I didn’t feel that was needed today.
Today the question I feel I want to ask is this. What are you currently doing to spread the hope of Christ?
Paul had a desire to share the love of Christ to the world. He traveled and spread letters all over the known world. His words are now forever with us as part of the bible. He went to jail, eventually was killed, but through that all his sole desire was kingdom building, individually and the Church.
People around me know my faith, more from word of mouth then from me. I am open to talk about it to them if they ask, but am I too quiet in the faith. My actions speak louder then words, but eventually I do need to speak and share.
Are we building each other up on prayer? Are we encouraging one another enough? Are we asking or challenging our brothers and sisters in the faith about what they are doing to reach the lost? If not then we need to change our mindset. We joke together and talk about so much stuff and avoid what really matters. We can build each other up and share tools to reach the lost. This is what the family of God is all about.
Thank you, Jesus, for equipping us. Thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to guide us, help us to listen to his guidance. Help us to listen to each other and be willing to ask each other the tough questions. This world needs you now just as much as ever, and people won’t just come unless someone tells them. Help us be a people who are willing to share the love that you have given us. Don’t let us hoard your salvation. Amen
Who is on your list of untouchables? Maybe not a physical list you would have on paper, but those people you think have no chance of ever accepting Jesus. Who would have ever thought Brian Welch of Korn fame or The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels or Michael “Bull” Roberts former career criminal would ever accept the gift of salvation given. There are many examples of those we see in the media and those we see in our daily walks who have gone through extreme 180 with their lives. If we dig deeper into their lives and we will find that somewhere someone was loving them, praying for them, never giving up on the hope that one day they would experience the love of Christ.
This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. (John 15:12 NLT)
Jesus loved us so much that He died for you. Can you honestly say you are willing to die for someone? Of course, you say, my parents, grandparents, Kids, family, best friends, but what about your enemy, your co-worker, the vagrant on the street corner, ISIS member, or that guy?
I am sure just reading this, you thought of someone who would be on the not really list. Jesus didn’t have a list of those He didn’t want to save. His gift of salvation bought by His blood extends to everyone.
We need to love like Christ, we need to have a heart for the ones that don’t have a relationship with Jesus, we need to step up and love those who otherwise would be unloved.
Dear Jesus, we need to stop judging the world and start loving it as You do. You see each person as a potential child of Christ. That none should perish. Help me to love the people of this world, not just the ones I am comfortable with, but all. Give me the passion and confidence to share Your love to those who need You, not only in deeds but with the truth as well. You love the world, every one, they matter to you so they should matter to me. Amen