Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you, with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10).
This verse SHOULD give ALL believers, the reassurance we need, to know we aren’t alone, when telling others about Jesus Christ. It SHOULD be easy to share, how God has transformed our life, and he could do the same for them too. It SHOULD make us be more bold. We have the best helper, the Holy Spirit. He lives within us. Notice I said SHOULD.
If you are like me, it can be intimidating, to approach someone and say “Do you know Jesus Christ, as your Lord and Savior?” “Can I share with you, the grace he freely offers to you?” See, not so confident are we?
You see Friends, we live in a broken world, with broken hurting people. Sadly, it is going to get much worse, before the return of Jesus Christ. Y’all, this should light a fire in us, to go share the gospel, with all the more urgency.
Why don’t we do this? Why do we think, we aren’t capable enough? Why do we have ourselves convinced, it is only up to our Pastors and Elders, to do so? We are so “Caught Up,” in our own fast pace lives, to care that people are lost, and need direction. Shame on us. Many souls are dying, and going to Hell, simply because we don’t tell them, for fear of rejection.
What is wrong with us?
Trust me, this is a reminder for ME also. I’m not just saying, YOU need to do YOUR part, in telling others, about God’s saving grace. I have a big ole finger-pointing at me too. We should be begging God, to give us opportunities.
Are you ready to hear the BLUNT TRUTH y’all? God does give us opportunities. He gives them to us every day. If we still have breath in our lungs, we need to be telling, this lost and hurting world, that Jesus Christ loves them.
He loves them enough, that he died on a cross, for their Sins. He loves them enough, that he bore the wrath of God, on our behalf. We don’t deserve his grace, but he freely gives it to us. He loves them unconditionally. He loves them, though they despise, reject, and turn him away. He loves them, where they are right now, not where they need to be.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” And he said to him, “You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live.” But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead.
Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii, and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back. Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?” He said, “The one who showed him mercy.” And Jesus said to him, “You go, and do likewise.”
I went to hear Pastor Greg Locke, do a sermon a week ago. I have only seen, short clips of him on Facebook, until this night. I have seen enough, that I know, he stands on the word of God, and doesn’t bow down, to the worlds thinking. He gets slammed, for standing on biblical truth, but he doesn’t let that detour him. I Pray that I can be half as bold as he is, when it comes to reaching others. His sermon was on the good Samaritan. I have heard these verses, countless times in many services. I have NEVER heard it, preached in the manner, that it was done, on this particular night.
As I sat there and listened, I was so convicted. I guarantee you, that I wasn’t the only one. He was speaking on how we, “The Church,” aren’t seeking out the lost and hurting, in our own community. There are MANY people, who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, depression, abuse,etc…..that are broken, and need Christ, as Lord and Savior, over their life. The list can go on and on.
We shouldn’t just be, in Church on Sunday’s, which is a good thing, but we need to be reaching people, outside the walls of our sanctuary also. We sit back and stay, in our own comfort zone, as the world around us, is hurting and needing to know about Jesus.
Talk about an eye opener. Watch this video of his sermon, and see if it doesn’t light a fire, in your soul as well. Pastor Locke is much better at words than I am. I Pray that you walk away, with the desire, to reach the lost, and hurting people, around you too.
Your Sister in Christ,
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.