This past weekend while speaking with someone I had met many years ago she mentioned that no one where her son worked knew he was a believer. This is a young man I know and had actually taught at a Bible School many years ago. He had interned with the church I was pastoring and even went overseas with me on a mission trip to Ukraine. He has a very respectable job and is a great person I am sure – he was always a man of character and one who could be counted on. However, I was really struck by her comment and it has haunted me ever since Sunday morning. No one he works with knows that he is a Christian.
Folks, our friends and those we are working with need to know that we are believers. There is no reason to be ashamed of what we believe. It is not something that needs to be hidden from others. If we are ashamed to confess Jesus Christ and acknowledge Him as Lord here and now in our daily life – the Bible states that He will not acknowledge us as one of His when He comes in His glory (Mark 8:38). Like Paul we must not be ashamed of the Gospel as it is the power of God unto salvation (Romans 1:16). Even when it is not acceptable to be a born again Christian (and in this nation it is not an acceptable thing today) we must let others know what we believe because, in reality, it is who we are. To not speak up and tell others is to deny who we are at our very core – a new creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
People who know us are looking at us to determine what they think of Jesus. One of the questions that postmoderns are implicitly asking as they consider the faith is, “Do I want to be like you?” May God grant us grace to live in such a way that they might say yes to that questions and ultimately say yes to Jesus. However, they won’t even know you are a Christian and a follower of Jesus unless your life and your words let them know. People will not know by osmosis – you will have to tell them that you are a God-believer and a follower (apprentice) or disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is something I take seriously because the Lord takes it seriously. He came to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and then sent His Church (you and me) out into all the world (Matthew 28:18) to do exactly the same as we go about the normal activities in our daily lives. This is something I am constantly thinking about and something I anticipate every day as I leave my home to walk the dog, buy gas, get groceries, fetch the mail…. It is something I have learned I must be intentional about or else it will not happen in my life. It makes my life interesting, even exciting, and most certainly an adventure.
Every day I try to read a little bit on evangelism and soul winning to refresh my skills and to hear what othes are doing and how they are doing it. Yesterday, on line, I purchased several items from an evangelism ministry to read and watch so as to stay on the cutting edge of what is happening in evangelism. I invest time and money into this aspect of my walk with the Lord. I want to be like Him and He said “follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) and so I want to stay current on all there is to know and learn about fishing.
In May, 2011 (I know – it is a whole year away) I will be teaching supernatural evangelism in Belarus – a nation where it is not beneficial to be a Christian or to let others know that you are a believer. However, in spite of the opposition to the Gospel in their nation the young people there want to know how to share the Gospel in a real and relevant way with others. And, of course, we will teach them to do it supernaturally using the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). They will be risking a great deal to do this and God will honor them for their willingness.
What are you willing to do and risk for the Kingdom and the King so as to be obedient to the Scriptures and become a soul winner?
Please be praying for the young people of Belarus and for our ministry as we begin even now to prepare and gather the finances needed to hold and pay for this school of supernatural evangelism helping people to let their world know of the goodness of God as found in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.