If you were on trial for being a Christian would there be enough evidence to convict you?
Thatís a powerful question.
One Iíve heard my whole life from my grandmother.
Yet I never really contemplated it until recently.
Jesus was put on trial. He was convicted. There was never any doubt that he was doing what Heíd been accused. They crucified Him.
Then, He called us to be His disciples.
ď...Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit...Ē
Matthew 28:19 (New Living Bible)
Are you? Am I?
Itís not the responsibility of the pastor or even the church body. And itís not part of the job for them, either.
Itís ours. Itís yours. Itís mine.
This is not something to be taken lightly. Itís not something we can put aside until later.
Jesus commissioned us. Each one of us.
Itís a direct command from our Lord.
You donít need to go to a third world country to do this.
You donít need to leave your hometown.
You donít need to build houses or bridges.
You donít even need to have lots of money or loads of special training.
Itís really pretty easy to do this.
Ask a friend or neighbor or the guy down the street to come to church.
Take the neighbor kids to Sunday school or vacation bible school.
Having a special doings at the church? Take somebody.
Do you have a dinner or tureen coming up? Bring a guest.
Is there a class or study someone NOT in your church would like? Take them.
Even if you have to give them a ride.
Or sit where you donít usually sit in church.
So what if youíve already taken the class------take it again.
And maybe youll have to change your plans to watch TV rather than go to fellowship hour.
Even if you have to ask the old lady next door with a batch of brownies to get her there.
I heard of a group of people that took a whole entourage to the local park for the kids there
to have a Sunday school. They have Sunday school for kids thatíd probably never experience church otherwise.
Thereís churches that offer praise rock bands for their ministries.
I know of a lady that has puppet shows for her community .
Thereís a church that has a theme park set up in the parking lot each summer for the block.
I once taught a group of ladies from the neighborhood how to knit at the church after the
Sunday morning service, during our fellowship hour.
How about having an Easter egg hunt?
Or an ice cream social?
What if you did a special praise service in the local park?
Can you shovel snow? Rake leaves? Paint a porch?
Maybe you can think of other ways to be Jesusí disciple.
You should be able to do this by now.
Think ďoutside the boxĒ.
We canít and shouldnít expect the other guy to do it for us
Become a disciple for Christ.
Funny , but when you do something happens on the inside.
Something pretty wonderful.
You start being a better individual. You start being Christ-like.
Thatís better than any ďwarm and fuzzyĒ feeling out there. This feeling lasts and gets stronger and stronger.
I should warn you , though .Itís highly addictive and very contagious.
Because youíll want to share it with family, friends, even the lady at the Laundromat that youíve never talked to before. You just want them to experience this .
Just do it.
After all, Jesus said to do it.