The Inconvenient Jesus
It is inconvenient to get up before 10 a.m. every Sunday morning, shower, dress and leave the house. How easy it would be to sleep in, read the paper and eat brunch.
How many times do we rise early on a Sunday, pack up the family, and head for the lake for a day of fishing, boating and swimming? We soothe our spirits by saying we can worship God wherever we are and being outdoors in His creation is worship enough? God’s Word says otherwise, by the way.
In times past, Christians were burned at the stake or fed to the lions for sharing their faith; and yet they were obedient to the Gospel and spoke out. Modern-day followers are concerned with being culturally insensitive. Let’s face it—it is scary to witness Jesus. We risk losing credibility and acceptance.
The Gospel of Christ is inconvenient. Talking about Jesus “gets in the way” of normal conversation, we say. We don’t want to offend anyone, we say. Yet we use His name in vain and tell offensive jokes, without caution.
Colossians 4:5-6 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
It is best to follow Christ’s example; be soft-spoken, open-hearted and a good listener when witnessing to unbelievers. If they can sense our genuine love, it could move them closer to Jesus, rather than pounding them over the head with a Bible.
We represent Jesus in this world and the best way to share His Gospel with others is by telling them what He has done for us. Did He change your life? Why keep it to yourself?
Female in Motion Health Update: Our household has been playing tag-team health crisis lately. My medical tests came back normal, although I am having some minor premature ventricular contractions, due to stress. I was advised to increase my exercise and decrease caffeine. The Hubster has been suffering from an upper-respiratory infection that suddenly worsened over the weekend. We took him to the ER, where he received IV fluids, breathing treatments, blood work and chest x-rays. Praise God, he does not have pneumonia again. He will have to take another week off work and rest. We covet your prayers.
"Let's be honest--the gospel of Christ is offensive. It tells the most religious that even on their best days, they're just whitewashed tombs full of dead men's bones. It calls both the morally corrupt and seemingly morally elite to a place of humility and dependence on God."--Jeff Goins