Dear friends who identify yourself as a disciple of Jesus I am once again saddened today as I read through facebook posts this morning and see the back and forth on defining marriage, human equality, and the cheesy gimmicks that many churches and leaders are using to get people to come to church this weekend since we know that Christmas and Easter is the time that we get the most people to show up. Do we not realize that the real marketing of your church is how you love people? Do we not realize that people are looking for authentic community not a good show.
I am saddened today because the Bible clearly states in John 13:35 – Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.
We cannot even agree on how to love one another let alone reach out to a world that is watching and hoping that the “Good News” that we keep talking about is really going to be the “Good News” their hearts are crying out for.
As believers in Jesus we are not citizens of this Earth. We have been sent here as Ambassadors of the King. To represent all of the things that our Kingdom has to offer.
Phil. 3:20 – “But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives. And we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our Savior.”
We are not here to tell people who are not followers of Christ how they should live or not live. (1 Cor. 5:12) My dear friends we will never see Christ’s love manifest on this Earth when we spend our time defending what we think are the principles that we believe everyone should live by. Jesus did not defend himself when He walked this Earth and He doesn’t need you to defend Him now.
Our job in a nutshell is to continually point people to Jesus. But when we rise up against people’s lifestyle choices, companies, administrations people cannot see through us to the only one that can change a human heart.
Show me in the Bible where Jesus has commissioned you to tell people the way they should live their lives if they are not believers?
Show me in the Bible where Jesus has commissioned you to rise up and speak so poorly against the President and this administration?
Romans 13:1-3 says, “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God. So anyone who rebels against authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and they will be punished. For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong. Would you like to live without fear of the authorities? Do what is right, and they will honor you.”
WE ARE MISSING THE POINT OF OUR EXISTENCE ON THIS PLANET!
I challenge you today to think before you speak!
Colossians 4:6 – “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.”
I challenge you to review what your pattern of speech has been especially on social media.
What are you talking about? Do you focus on what is wrong with this nation? Do you focus on what is wrong with people who don’t know Jesus? Do you post lots of inspirational and motivational quotes that although I enjoy many times too but have literally no real power to change your life? In fact the only reason most of those people who have left those great motivational quotes for us to enjoy were only able to speak like that because of their devotion to the Word of God.
I challenge you to get into the WORD OF GOD today! And start declaring God’s Word over your life, your family, and those you come in contact with.
I challenge you ministry leaders to not create friendly speeches but equip and encourage the saints with the only thing that has the power to change anything.
God’s Word is powerful because it is inspired by God. Holy men of God wrote His Word as they were moved and carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21)
“All Scripture is God-breathed (inspired) and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
God’s Word is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) “For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword. It penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
Allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through you today to show the Love of Jesus. No one said it was going to be easy. That is why it is called Discipleship. We must develop disciplines in our life that are honoring to the Lord.
To anyone who is not a believer in Jesus that may have read this post today. I am sorry that those who have called themselves followers of Jesus have made you feel judged and made you feel as though you needed to defend yourself. I don’t need to agree with you and you do not need to agree with me but I will never back down from the one thing I know God Loves You So Much!!! And although church people have not always done a great job portraying this truth that is called the Gospel I promise you it doesnt make it any less true. Please come to Jesus today and I promise you will gain all the acceptance and love you will ever need from Him. He is waiting with open arms, and a big smile on His face to get the chance to be with you today. You don’t have to have everything figured out, look a certain way, or do certain things, you just have to come with an open heart to receive His love and to receive the work He has done on your behalf on the cross. God is not holding your sins, wrongs, faults, short comings, mistakes against you. Just come. I LOVE YOU