One of the hindrances to successful Christian outreach is the lack of consistency in the Believer. One week we are at the top of our spiritual mountain, praising God with our total body, soul, and strength, and the next week we are in the valley of carnal activities. One week we can’t get enough of the Bible, and the next week the Bible becomes a dust catcher. One week our prayers carry us into the Throne Room of God, and the next week our prayers seem to go no higher than our ears. One week we can’t wait to go to Church to hear the Word of God and fellowship with other Believers, and the next week we justify our absence by emotional uncertainties. One week we walk by faith, and the next week we run by feelings. One week our countenance displays confidence, and the next week we exhibit defeatism. One week our walk confirms our talk, while the next week our walk compromises our talk. During these times of inconsistency, the world judges the Believer and is consequently driven further away from the reality of the love of God. The Christian is to exhibit the Triune God to a lost and dying world, but due to our “seasonal” changes, the unsaved seek to fill their voids with the temporal joys that the world has to offer.
It is time for us Believers to decide if we are going to follow God or not. Joshua stated that the children of Israel needed to choose whom they would serve. “…As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) Moses and Elijah would also challenge the Israelites to make a decision to either follow God or a god of their imagination and making. Some Christians today are not only divided against each other, but are also divided within themselves. The Bible says we cannot serve two masters. (Mt. 6:24) One of the obstacles to fulfilling the Great Commission is Believers themselves. Satan has declared war on every believer and has fought in the form of lies, innuendoes, and temptations. To counter the attacks of the enemy, God has fully equipped us for the confrontations, but instead of implementing these resources we have responded with the unsurrendered parts of our life. We must come to the place where we totally believe (adhere, trust, and rely) on Him or join the ranks of the carnal army with the motto, “In Feelings Do We Trust.”
When we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior, we became a new creation in Christ; old things passed away and all things became new.” (II Cor. 5:17) Knowing this truth, we need to evidence its validity so the world can see the difference. So far, the world has seen too much “old man” in our proclaimed “new man.” Let us be a true living example of Christ. Let the world see that our talk is backed up with our walk. To exhibit our changed life inwardly, we need to show outwardly that we are truly a changed person. Before there can be an effective outreach, there must be an effort to accept the “in reaching” of the Holy Spirit. As the Holy Spirit plants the seed of spiritual growth within us, we need to water, cultivate, and harvest those areas in order to evidence our standing with God. If we choose not to be consistent in our commitment, let us leave the front line and serve in the rear so as not to hinder the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God can always use prayer soldiers (rear guard), but He wants proclaimers who will present the Gospel unhindered to a hindered world.