Preach it! In the Word 8-31-15
When the ten other disciples heard what James and John had asked, they were indignant. But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:24-28
Shortly after Jesus spoke these words it is written that He healed a bunch of blind people even though he and his disciples were on their way to someplace else He had compassion on them and touched their eyes and they could see. He did not just speak what we should do but he did it. How much more should we do? We read, sing and talk about reaching the ‘Lost’ for Christ and yet what do we do? How often do we reach out and touch those around us?
What is it that slows you from reaching out to those around you and sharing the Gospel of Christ? Is it the fact you don’t feel called to preach? Or is it because you think you are inadequate? Maybe you are in the category of just plain never thought of it?
Imagine this scenario; You are in a life boat as the cruise ship you were on is sinking. You somehow ended up being the only one in that boat, around you in the water are people splashing and attempting to stay afloat and a live. As you see them floundering you wonder why they just jumped into the water instead of following directions and getting into the life boat as you did.
Do you toss them a life preserver and reach out to help as many as you can fit into your boat or do you just sit there thinking they should figure it out on their own?
As Christians we are in the life boat already; we were pulled in when we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior; our God supplied the life boat.
As human beings it is the right thing to do to bring in as many as we can into the life boat; Salvation.
And then he told them, Mark 15:16
For some of us this seems second nature, and in fact it should be for all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, but for some reason many people believe but do nothing to bring others into the
until they are
encouraged to do so. If we are daily in
the Word of God seeking His direction for how to do His will in each of our
lives we would know that God told us to go. What more encouragement do we need?
That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Colossians 1:10
But suppose we seek to be made right with God through faith in Christ and then we are found guilty because we have abandoned the law. Would that mean Christ has led us into sin? Absolutely not! My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die. Galatians 2:17-21
In order to walk right with God, my Bible tells me I need to be obedient to His will. In order to be walking in His will I must be doing the things the Bible tells me that Jesus said to do. He told us in His own words, with Jesus’ mouth; to go to all the world and preach the gospel. Would we rather disobey God than be comfortable with sharing the Word?
Maybe it is just me but I do not see where it says, “get comfortable with yourself and feel good about it then go share salvation with those around you”. We are to study, then share.
Receive and then release to those around us, in our path on the same journey with us or wherever we go we are to share Jesus.
If we follow these steps it should come easy!
Read the Bible
Pray for God’s discernment and understanding of His word and the will of God.
Share it with someone you talk to today.
Then you are standing, walking, and living the will of God for you.
So what are you waiting for? Toss the preserver to someone! Stop them from drowning in life itself.
Dear Heavenly Father, help us to help others into the boat of Salvation. Open our mouths to share Your word and guide our steps to be where you want us to reach out to help someone to find you today. In Jesus’ name amen.
Suggested reading : Galatians 2:1-21, Colossians 1: 1- 29, Matthew 20:1-28. and Colossians 2:1-23