WHERE ARE THE CONVERTS?
by paul hoffmaster
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If Believers have truth, which can take the negatives in life and make them into positives, why are there not more converts to this great Faith? It seems to reason that the presentation of that Truth is dwarfed because of the inaction of the Believer. Inaction stems from head knowledge of the Truth instead of heart changing reality. Jesus made it clear that if one wants to enter the Kingdom, one must be born again. In fact, He even said that no one can see the Kingdom without dying to the natural and becoming alive to the spiritual. (John 3: 5, 3)
Nicodemus came to Jesus to question the reality of what He was teaching. What he encountered was a life changing experience. Nicodemus was a leader of the Jews, yet his Scriptural understanding was shallow and misguided. When Jesus told him that he must be born of the water and the Spirit, he should have recalled Ezekiel 36:25-27, but due to his “selective reading” he missed the essential Truth that the true meaning of life begins within, not without.
To be able to reach the unconverted with the life changing truth of Jesus Christ, one must have not only an acceptance, but an understanding of God’s Word. When the Believer achieves the foundational Truths, he is then called upon to be a living example of those Truths. It is then that he becomes a living epistle, a light in the darkness. When there is Scriptural ignorance, there is a danger of man made doctrines. There are many well intentioned Believers that have a zeal for God, but not according to Biblical knowledge. Man made doctrines and biased interpretation of Scripture produces flawed individuals that are easily recognized by the world. There are many Believers today that have adopted theology without first seeking verification through their own reading of the Bible and the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. All Believers must learn to “trust, but verify,” whenever they receive teaching from the Christian community.
Believers need to understand that when they have received spiritual truth, they are to share it with others. When a prayer has been answered, tell somebody. When victory over situations in life has been achieved, tell somebody. When a valley experience has given way to a mountain top victory, tell somebody. When defeats have turned into victory, tell somebody. The same zeal that was used to petition God should be used to display God’s Grace. Believers need to be contagious. Believers need to be salt that awakes a thirsting within others. Believers need to be a light that draws people from the darkness. Where are the converts? Waiting for the Believers to show them the way!
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