If you’ve been with us on the weekends for the past few weeks you know that we have been talking about the values our church is built and exists upon. This has been a fantastic time of reminding ourselves why we do what we do, or for some folks, actually discovering these truths for the first time. While I dig them all, one of these values has been causing me to do a whole lot of deep thinking lately. It’s the one that talks about us primarily existing for the sake of those who are not yet a part of the body of Christ. I love this about our church, but it’s been giving me a little bit of heartburn lately.
What’s been going through my mind is the simple question… “Am I personally making this a priority of my life?” I’m thinking about this in light of my desire to live out Luke 9:23. Am I doing everything within my power to help others find their way home to God?
This value is simply about what’s called evangelism. Often, when we hear that word we begin to freak out and try to change the subject. Why? For many believers the thought of sharing their faith with others seems way beyond their ability. It’s not.
Here’s a personal truth: I thoroughly love this life I get to live in Christ. The last thing I would ever consider as “good” would be what my life would have been like without Christ. I am deeply indebted to a few good friends of mine who took the time to share their faith with me when I was a directionless high school kid. This simple act of compassion put me on the greatest adventure of my life. Why wouldn’t I do any and everything possible to help other people get on this wonderful ride?
I’ve many times before explained that I believe that Satan loves to rob us of that which God intended to bless us. He does this by lying to us and getting us to think the wrong things.
Jesus said this about Satan,
“He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies,” John 8:44b.
He further went on to explain that Satan wants to steal, kill and destroy.
How does Satan accomplish all this? Through the lies he tells. If we’re not careful, his lies can shake our confidence as followers of Christ. Frankly, he excels at this form of fraud. I believe two of his most successful deceptions are 1) You are not capable of understanding the Bible (It’s over your head. Don’t bother trying). 2) You are not capable of sharing your faith with someone else (You don’t know enough. They will ask you questions you don’t know the answer to and you will choke. Don’t risk it).
Both of these are blatantly false! You CAN learn the Bible and you CAN share your faith! These are both well within your capacity! God CAN and God WILL teach you both of these if you will simply commit to learn. Why would he have asked us to do this if it were beyond our ability? It’s not about ability, it’s about desire!
Oh yeah, there is yet another lie Satan loves to put in our heads… “There is no hurry.” There actually is. Why? Because there is a great deal is at stake when it comes to salvation. God knows this, and Satan knows this. This is why God calls us to make the most of the time we have. People’s eternity is in the balance! Will you tell them about Jesus?
Satan says you can’t do it, God says you can. Who do you think is telling you the truth?