I often wonder what believers today are waiting for. I mean, Jesus said that we are to go into all the world and share Him with everyone on the planet – so, what are we waiting for?
Are we waiting for Jesus to make us perfect so we can validly share His Gospel. Not going to happen. We don’t need to be perfect and have it all together to tell others about Jesus. If we were “all together” they would be unable to relate to us. Are we waiting until He gives us boldness. That will come as you step out in faith. Wait as long as you want – it won’t happen unless you step out. Are we waiting until our thought life is pure and our motives totally correct? It will be a long wait. Are we waiting until the Lord speaks to us personally about soul winning? He already has – read you Bible, it is right there in front of you in black and white. There will be no special revelation given to you so that you will get off your santified behind. He has already spoken!
God calls us to tell others about Him – and we can do that the day we are born again. As soon as we meet Jesus we have something to offer to others – Living hope! Believers don’t need to know all the answers to all the questions. People simply want us to listen to all their questions and help them to find the answers they need. We don’t need to be experts in the Bible or the teachings of the Christian Church – you simply need to be in love with Jesus and share that love for Him and His love for you with others. You don’t need to have ‘arrived’ because Christianity is not about the destination but it is all about the journey. So, witnessing is simply inviting others to join you on the journey.
As I speak with believers one-on-one and ask them about soul winning and evangelism…As I speak to churches Sunday after Sunday in nation after nation… As I speak to groups of pastors and leadership teams… I hear nothing but excuses -sorry, “reasons” – why they are not out witnessing and doing the work that the Lord has called all of us to do. It is time for the excuses and the reasons to end and for the Church to simply and humbly obey the Lord. If you are born again you have something – Someone – to offer those who are not saved. You don’t need to be a mature believer or someone who has solved most of their character issues and resulting problems in their personal life… not at all. Just be you and tell others about Him!
I like what one homeless man said sometime after he became a believer… speaking about people who go out and witness on the street to the “needy.”
“And needy people don’t need no perfect people neither. When Jesus sent His disciples out, He sent Peter right along, knowing Peter had a bad temper and a potty mouth and was gon’ deny Him three times. He sent John and James even though they was full a’ pride and fightin over the best seat at the table. He even sent Judas, knowin Judas was gon’ betray Him. Even though Jesus knowed all a’ their sin and weakness, He sent ’em anyway. Listen, if the devil ain’t messin with you, he’s already got you. If you is waiting to clean up your life before you get out and help somebody else, you may as well take off your shoes and crawl back in the bed ’cause it ain’t gon’ happen. Jesus don’t need no help from no perfect saints. If He did, He wouldn’t a’ gone up yonder and left us down here in charge.” “What Difference Do It Make? Ron Hall and Denver Moore
It may just be time to get off our sanctified behinds and begin to do what the Lord has commanded that we do – finish the work that He started when He became one of us. The Church was birthed with only one task; it was empowered for only one task; it is called and will be accountable for only one thing … seeking and saving the lost. Time to focus on what is most important.