2009 – Time to Stop Excusing Disobedience!

We have been given a great blessing – salvation by Jesus Christ. It is a gift of God, not of works or the result of anything we have done (Ephesians 2:8-9).

But we have also been given a great responsibility – to spread it as far and wide as possible during our life time. To go into ALL the world and share the Gospel that Jesus saves (Matthew 28:18-20).

The issue is not do you know this. Most born again believers know this truth.

The issue is – are you doing it?

Do you have a current, valid passport? No! Well then this is simply head knowledge and you honestly don’t believe that this truth from God’s Word is valid still today or that it applies to you. If God were to say to you that two weeks from now you were to go to some foreign nation to share the gospel with a group of people -you could not do it because you can’t get out of this nation (on a plane) or into another nation without a valid passport. You would be in disobedience to the Word of the Lord to you. So, take a step of faith – apply for a passport!

Do you share about the night-and-day difference Jesus has made in your life (1 Peter 2:9 The Message Version) as you go about your daily life? The Great Commission can be understood to say “as you go into your daily world doing daily things share Jesus daily…” or tell others about the difference being a Christian and having a personal relationship with Jesus has made in your life. Do you pray for opportunities to do this every morning? Do you look for open doors or opportunities to do just this as you go about your every day events of picking up the kids, buying gas for the car, grocery shopping, going for the mail….? No! Then you don’t really believe that the Lord is asking you to share your faith with others – I mean, maybe only certain people are called to evangelize. Maybe you don’t believe that people without a personal relationship with Jesus as their Lord and Saviour go directly to Hell when they die (which means you don’t believe the Bible). Maybe you don’t care if people are going to Hell!

Have you sought out training so that you become more knowledge in both what the Gospel is and how to present it in a valid and relevant way in today’s society? Have you sought out a church that believes the Gospel as presented in the Bible and that will teach, disciple, equip and mentor you in effective, efficient, and biblical evangelism? Have you sought out others that will go out with you as you share the Gospel – Jesus sent His disciples out two-by-two and the early Church (the book of Acts) usually sent out teams to share the Gospel. Have you sought out a particular “fishing hole” where you can go on a regular basis to share the Gospel and give your testimony – a park, a street corner, a food court at a certain mall? Do you seek the Lord daily about being part of what Jesus’ came to do – which was to “seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10)?

Are we taking His commands seriously or have we decided that we will pick and choose what we want to do and not do regardless of what He wants and regardless of what the Word of God – the Bible – states? I hope we are taking all this seriously because it is not a game. God warns us, as servants, that if we know the Master’s will (if you own a Bible you know the master’s will) and do not do it we are in trouble. Listen to His words. (Luke 12:47-48) “And that slave who knew his master’s will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes, but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.”

As I stated at the beginning … We have been given a great blessing – salvation by Jesus Christ. We have been given much and entrusted with much – and so much is required of us and we will be held accountable.

It is time to stop making excuses for our disobedience … Jesus said to those who just might have been about to make excuses … “Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look on the fields, that they are white for harvest.” (John 4:35). It is time to share the Gospel and the night-and-day difference Jesus has made in your life with others on a daily basis.

In 2009 I believe the Lord is growing much less tolerant of or patient with the many reasons and excuses we have for not doing what we really know is the right thing to do. And, as we step out in obedience and share the Gospel we will step into the greatest adventure ever offered to any person any where – for He promises to go with us everywhere we go in the whole world and back up what we declare with His presence and power. Now, that is an adventure worth grabbing hold of.

4 replies
  1. Sharon Kuhn
    Sharon Kuhn says:

    Maybe, just maybe we are not doing what the Bible calls every born-again believer to do because we fear man more than we fear the Lord.
    Luke 12:4-5 “and I say to you, (Jesus speaking here)’ My friends, do not abe afraid of those who kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. I will show you whom you should fear;(reverence, honor, obey, glorify, esteem and respect)Fear Him who, after He has killed, has the power to cast iinto hell; yes, I say to you, Fear Him!’
    Or we just don’t care about anyone but ourselves, we are in total disobedience to the Word, we are in rebellion, therefore I believe we forfeit our salvation.
    Scripture says that anyone in these acts, especially willfully cannot enter the kingdom.
    I am open to correction on this point.
    Sharon

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  2. Bob MacDonald
    Bob MacDonald says:

    I agree that we need to be sharing our faith. I do it regularly. I believe that those who love the Lord will do what He commands, including sharing their faith.

    However I do not see anywhere in the Scripture that we forfeit our salvation if we do not witness or evangelize. I think we need to be careful to not go beyond what the Scripture says. If it is silent on this point – we should be also.

    Hebrews 6:4-6 suggest some things that could qualify as “losing our salvation”. Heb 10:26 says that if we deliberately go on sinning after recieving the word of truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. Scripture indicates that sinning is breaking the moral law of God – not failing to witness.

    In the passage you quoted Ralph – Luke 12:47-48 – the slave does recieve a flogging and lashes – but still remains the Master’s slave. The slave is not banished from the Master.

    I am concerned that in our effort to motivate people to witness we may cross over to say more than what God has said.

    I fully believe that it is a matter of love and obedience to Jesus Christ. Perhaps like the Church in Ephesus (Rev 2:1-7) people have left their first love. But just like Jesus called that church to repent and do the things they did at first (v.5), we need to call people to repent of losing their love for the Lord.

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  3. Ralph
    Ralph says:

    Hi Bob and Sharon,

    Thanks for your thoughtful responses to today’s blog. I was a little surprised by the ’emotion” with which both of you responded – but pleased at the same time. Afterall, as believers, it is good to feel deeply about these things as they are eternal and important.

    Just to set the record straight – I don’t believe and didn’t state that a person loses their salvation if they are not witnessing to the lost. I did state that Jesus was serious when He gave His Church the Great Commission as their mandate (Matthew 28:18-20) and then empowered them through the baptism in the Holy Spirit to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8) – and that He will be holding individual believers accountable for what they have done with this mandate.

    I reread what I wrote and I did not state that one was at risk of losing one’s salvation if they were not sharing their faith. Just to set the record straight.

    However, we do need to consider that as disciples (a good ‘today’ word for disciple is apprentice) we are to be walking with Jesus and watching Jesus and then doing as Jesus did. Such verses as “The things that I do you shall do also…” (John 14:12) and “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19) come readily to mind. As true disciples of the Lord we cannot simply ignore these verses and mentally remove these from the Bible … we will be held accountable. That was my point.

    I agree with Bob – many believers need to repent and come back to their first love – Jesus. Then as their passion for Jesus grows so hopefully will their COMpassion for the lost. Hopefully, that compassion will motivate and encourage them to share the hope they have found in Jesus and the Gospel.

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  4. Sharon Kuhn
    Sharon Kuhn says:

    Thanks bob for setting me straight on the point of loosing your salvation, I probably should have not used that particular statement. It is mosre like loosing your rewards in heven when we blatantly disobey God’s call on our lives and that is to go out and seek and save the lost. Not just the preachers, teachers and so on but all of us who call ourselves christians. I’m actually getting to feel bad about using that word because Christian should be believer, follower and not just sit in a pew on sunday Christian.
    Ralph my reference was not because of anything you said or quoted. It was my own personal opinion. based on nothing more than frustration. Not just with believers but myself as well. I am just realizing that when we find ourselves in the wilderness god is tryiing to grow us, prune us and mature us and download stuff into our spirit He has not abandoned us or left us to fend for ourselves. so theefore a lot of this kind of stuff may come up in my conversations, as he is trying to heat things up to remove the dross from my life so I will have fewer and fewer stumbliing blocks to deal with.
    As I said before I’m in the relearning process.
    Sharon

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