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Do we believe it?

by on Aug.09, 2010, under Hope

He sat there staring allowing his words to have their impact as if a mortar round had been fired and he was waiting for the impact concussion.

We had been talking about evangelism or rather the seeming lack of it. Churches have shifted their focus to service projects (building classrooms, manning medical clinics, cleaning up yards) but then not telling the recipients about Jesus in whose name the activities were done. So evangelism efforts are relegated to the “professionals”, missionaries, evangelists, staff members of parachurch organizations whose “job” is to talk about Jesus.

His words came quicker, with more intensity as he noted:

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Matt.28:19
“…And you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

Then he looked me in the eyes and said, “There are only two options for our not doing evangelism—either we don’t believe God or we don’t care.” And he sat there staring.

The words were like a grenade, stunning, blinding and disorienting my religiously ordered mind. The haze has slowly cleared in the weeks since that Friday morning in Nashville, Tennessee.

If we don’t tell others about Jesus, if our actions contradict our professed ideals, if we claim concern about people’s souls for eternity, but make no significant effort to share with them our Savior—then we must not believe God or we don’t care.

So do you agree with that premise or disagree?

Do not one’s actions really identify what they think, hold dear, believe?

What do you propose to do about it?

Do you believe God or don’t you care?

Your turn……….

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2 comments for this entry:

  1. Jim Cooper

    I once told a group of Christians that we (200+ members) spent about 4 hours per week in religious activities, and that those 800 hours per week, when multiplied by 52 weeks a year represents some 41,600 hours per year. My point was, and still is, when all is said and done, the lost are still lost, the lost are still lost!

    More importantly, the Father sent, the Son died, and all we need to do is tell. Paul did it in one sitting (same hour of the night), Philip did it in one sitting (here is water), and yet, they had no Gospels, no 13 week Bible study, just a relationship with God through the Savior. How hard can telling be?

  2. Carl

    Wow! A very powerful post! I have come under conviction for this very subject myself. Sadly, it seems too many Christians are content to do their two or three hours a week “duty” and go to church, or maybe Sunday school, too, or maybe even Wednesday night services, but what about the rest of the time? We are called to be full-time ambassadors for Christ. We will be known by our fruits. We may not always see for ourselves the fruits of our labor for Christ, but how will we if we’re not at least planting seeds? It’s become so cliche’ to say that “God doesn’t call the qualified, he qualifies the called,” or “Jesus wants us to get outside of our comfort zone.” We’ve got to stop talking about it like some academic study and “just do it!” I’ve been called back to ministry after a few years hiatus due to a catastrophic family situation. I’ve come to a point of stagnation where I’m listening for God to lead me in the direction He wants me to go. I’ve taken a step of faith and ventured into the world of blogging. I seem to have a knack for writing well, so I’m trying to put that to work for the Lord in writing my own devotionals and articles and discussing basic principles of the Christian faith. I’m sending out His word, and I know it will not return void. I may or may not see fruits of it, but it’s just up to me to be faithful and obey.

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