For years Christians have listened to the sermon, listened at the seminar, and listened at the conference. Itís time now to combine listening to Godís Word with action: being willing to act upon the Word in terms of taking the gospel to others.
James tells us to be doers of the Word, not hearers only.(1) Failing to be a doer of the Word is actually unbelief and disobedience. In effect we are saying ďOh yes, Lord, Iíve heard what you say but Iím too timid to act upon it.Ē It is a lie of the devil which has believers paralysed with fear, while millions head for the flames of Revelation 20:15.
Where are those today who will take risks for God? Who is willing to do more than sit in the air-conditioned or heated comfort of the sanctuary? Not many, by all outward appearances. Thank God if you are an exception.
We gather in the safe church with great boldness on Sunday morning (Saturday for SDAs). We sing heartily that we will give our life, our self, our all for Jesus; we yell hallelujahs and amens but come Monday outside the church walls we are like a frightened mouse creeping into the worldís living room.
The gospel is not something to be whispered in back streets as though we are KGB agents. It is to be proclaimed fearlessly, no matter what the reaction.
Christians will never know the truth of Godís promises until they get into the spiritual battle raging outside the church. So what are the promises?
Jesus says He is with us always.(2) God tells us to fear not, for He is with us, He will uphold us with His righteous right hand.(3) He says He did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.(4) Hardly anyone seems to believe those verses, for they are not seen publicly putting them to the test; never venturing out of that comfortable Christian socializing.
Where are the ones with the guts to send their kids out (or accompany them) on Halloween, not ďtrick or treatingĒ and serving the devil, but giving gospel tracts! Are you willing to put the Christ back into Christmas this season? Let the kids go out singing carols - but give them gospel tracts to hand out!
Hey Pastor - donít put on Carols by Candlelight, but rather, Fight with All Your Might!
Where are the ones who believe what God says and will put their body at some risk? Where are the tract distributors and street preachers who will administer the gospel antidote publicly to Luciferís poisonous bite?
Where are those who will challenge satan on the streets, on the highways and byways (as Jesus told us to do)?(5)
What are we going to say when Jesus asks why we didnít obey? We didnít believe Him? Will we say the pastor never told us to get into action? No excuse, everyone has a Bible to read.
We should not be having church retreats, but church attacks!
The promises of God quoted here will always be just words in a book until they are acted upon. Then, dear Christian, when you go public to confront the enemy you will see (as I have seen) that God will back you. So He expects you to trust Him and GO!!
Bible refs: (1) James 1:22 (2) Matthew 28:20 (3) Isaiah 41:10 (4) 2 Timothy 1:7 (5) Mark 16:15
I understand and appreciate the message and it was well written. There was continuity. In my opinion, I would like to see anecdotal sharing. We are like sheep and there is a grand presupposition that ALL Christians know how to tell others about Jesus & to some degree that's true. My point is, were you to write of your experience(s) of a time you went out and proclaimed with boldness and certainty; it would take the "self righteous" bite out of this article. Putting it another way; I am the best arm-chair quarterback in the NFL and for some strange reason D. McNabb has not called me! If I were Peyton Manning I would have good reason to expect a phone call, but since I'm Don Beers and NOT IN THE GAME it is unreasonable to expect it. The message of your article is necessary, it's just that sharing times that you were "in the game" would be that "epistle, read of all men". Your readers need that. Without anecdotes, this has the appearance of another gospel QB screaming at us from the sidelines.
Yes & AMEN! Powerful message! Stepping outside of our four walls requires action and a dying to self! One has to be willing to help the drunk (that maybe ends up in your driveway) and the addicts (that perhaps find your front porch) and the prostitute, if that is who God puts in your path! One can't be afraid to get dirty, thus we might have to shed some of our Sunday Best Attire! The scripture reveals the people that boldly spoke the Word of God were not highly favored! Most put to death! So, in order to act upon boldness through the Word we must be willing to cast aside our selfish pride! Brother this mesage is timely! Thanks for sharing today! God bless, Jounda