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“Living Your Faith Out Loud” by Susan Langford

Set ApartIs your faith a quiet whisper that you refer to on occasion or is it a life-altering, life-transforming way of life that you fearlessly shout from the rooftops?

The past few weeks I have been pondering this verse in Scripture:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then, you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is his; good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2 )

As I look around me, sometimes I am overwhelmed when I talk to individuals that genuinely love the Lord, quote scripture, and go to church, but they participate in activities and speak in a manner that contradicts God’s Word and His Truth.  We are all sinners and fall short.  (Romans 3:23)  We all make mistakes.  We all struggle in our walk at times.   I am talking about something totally different in nature.

I am talking about when I encounter a person that I will have a lengthy conversation about God, especially when they find out I am a minister’s wife.  Then, in the same breathe they will say a curse word without thinking anything about it.  I just see some of us falling into the world more and more.  We are getting dragged deeper and deeper.

We are falling into the pattern of the world and not being transformed by the renewal of our mind in His Word.  Compartmentalized Christianity is what I am fearing that believers are falling more and more prey to in this world.  Putting on our Sunday and Wednesday hats when it is convenient for us.

I am going to watch what I want to, I am going to say what I want to, I am going to go where I want to, I am going to live how I want to…….No, No, that is not what His Word teaches us when we become his children.  It a DIFFERENT LIFE!  DIFFERENT-BETTER-RICHER-PURPOSEFUL  LIFE.

So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.  (Philippians 2:15)

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.  The old has passed away; behold the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

But that is not the way you learned Christ!-assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through the deceitful desires,  (Ephesians 4:20-22)

Have we been transformed by Him that allowed his Son to die for our sins?  Have put off our old self?  Are family member, friends, and neighbors seeing us acting like “aliens” and “strangers” (1 Peter 2:11)  Do they see we are different because we are His children?

I am talking to myself as well.  I pray that I am that “alien” and “stranger” scripture clearly speaks of being.  I am convicted that if we don’t start acting like “aliens” in this world that we are going to blend in, and then, as Christians, how we are going to bring a non-believing neighbor, co-worker, loved one on this amazing journey of faith if we aren’t living a life all about Him.

Transparency is the key to showing and living our faith.  Talking about our relationship with God to our neighbors, to our co-workers, to our unbelieving family members, and friends should be common place.  I am not talking about cramming it down their throats so speak.   I am speaking of sharing how God is moving and working in your life as a Christian.  How has He made your life better, more complete?

Kevin and I have a dear friend that has asked his waiter if there is anything he may pray for him or her about before the meal.  Wow!  What a powerful way to be an “alien!”  For me personally, the loss of my mom, has provided many opportunities for me share with others how God worked in me and through me during one of the most heart-breaking periods of my life.

As Christians, we have to live and breathe that life.  We can’t separate it from other aspects of our lives.  We can’t conform to this world.  We can’t!  Think of Jesus….just take some time this week and read the Gospel accounts.  In the King James version of Luke 2:49, when Mary and Joseph were looking for young Jesus, he says, “……How is it that ye sought me?  wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?”    Does that apply to us in 2013?  We must be about our Father’s business as his children.

Our challenge every day of our lives is to be about His business.   Live fearlessly for Jesus.  Be “aliens” and “strangers.”   Our faith is not something is be hidden.  We are not meant to “blend in.”

“Do not conform…..but be transformed….”  Romans 12:2

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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They Remained Silent – by Ole Olsen

remaining silent

A few days ago, I was sent the following article by a dear friend and brother in Christ.  I really enjoy his thoughts and decided to share it with each of you.  May the Lord continually bless each of you!

Several days ago while visiting with a friend the subject of Joe Paterno arose in our conversation. The tragedy that occurred at Penn State was a despicable and wicked thing that no one on the university campus wanted the world to know! They knew children were being abused, but they did not report it. As a result of this ‘silence,’ the abuse went on for years, and that is unforgivable. The law is now dealing with them, and those who did not, nor would not tell, are facing serious consequences. Some, as you know have been jailed, and others will regret from now on, that they did nothing to stop those disgraceful deeds. So Sad!

A recent article written by Brother Carl Garner tells of another situation in similar ways that stands before all Christians. Carl reminds us that we all know people who have never heard, or obeyed Jesus’ New Testament Way of Salvation. We know what the Bible says about a person’s need to hear, and then to obey the gospel (Acts 2:22-41), but it is easier for us to let people go on without it. As a result we will be held accountable. A day of judgment awaits all of us, and those who have not obeyed God, [His Way] will face an eternity without hope (Hebrews 10:22-27). We must not be silent, in ‘teaching’ the gospel!

If we know what awaits someone who is unprepared to meet the Lord in judgment, then we who know the gospel, are obligated to make it known to others. We [me/you] can, and we must, make God’s word available to the lost, to give them the opportunity to become a New Testament Christian, a child of God, and to live for Christ. We can at least try. If not, we will be held accountable for our lack of interest in the eternal destiny of our brothers, sisters, friends and neighbors. Note carefully the inspired words found in Ezekiel 3:17-19:

 “I have made you a  watchman; so hear  the  word I speak, and give them the warning from me. When I say to a  wicked man, ‘You  will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or  speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life , that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will  hold  you……………………………… accountable.”

Many people will say and even deny that it’s their duty to lead others to Christ, “That’s why we hire a preacher,” they will say. However, if we care about the souls of others, we will want to “save a soul from death, and hide a multitude of sins” (James 5:20). We cannot hire someone to do the work we need to do. Bible passages are written to Christians, not just to preachers, to seek out those with whom we are acquainted, and teach them. It would be tragic to withhold that information from those who need it and want it. [Some have inquired if it would be appropriate to forward this Bible study to others?.... if you think it would start a dialogue with others, please do so; only in truth and love.] The eternal consequences of failure to correctly obey the gospel are too serious for us to hide God’s commands from those in such desperate need of it.

If we know the gospel, yet hide it, or fail to tell others about it, we are no better than those of Penn State University who failed to report what they knew was happening. Their eternal destiny and ours are in the balance. Jesus gave us, His people, a great commission to take the message of salvation to a lost generation, to those who have never known Christ, have never known what awaits those who are His… the wonders and delights of heaven. It must be that they do not realize the serious consequences of their failure to hear and then to obey the words of Christ. That is why we must tell them about God’s love, mercy, and…. justice (Matthew 28:18-20).

Question for each of us… Is it too much trouble? Does it take up more of our time and energy than we are willing to give? Do we not care that Jesus told His people to tell and warn others? Do we want them to know the joys of being a New Testament Christian, and the promise of a heavenly home that awaits His disciples? Surely we do, and we must be ready to tell them that “old, old story” over and over again. The old, old story that many of us have been singing about since our youth. Love it!!!

For those at Penn State University who failed to report what they knew, extremely harsh penalties have already been pronounced on them and the university. Those of us who have information vital to a person’s eternal destiny, but refuse even to attempt to tell them, will answer to the Lord; and the families and friends of those people may never hear the blessed message of God’s love. Our silence puts us in even more danger because the eternal home of that person may rest in our hands. If we profess to be faithful New Testament Christians… we must care, and certainly not be silent/indifferent/complacent.

Jesus did the hard part; He gave up His life on the cross for us. Surely, we can do our best to take His message, His gospel to those who have never heard or obeyed it…… His Way!

So… may we all get busy telling others of God’s grace and love, and why not get started today?

The ‘take away’ from these thoughts today are that we must not be indifferent, complacent, or silent in telling and teaching others about Christ, and His way of salvation. When the gospel of Jesus Christ is taught in its purity, and simplicity it will produce Christians today, just as it did two thousand years ago. We must try!

However, we still have a cruel lie [Satan] that most people believe with all their hearts. Satan’s cruelest lie, may very well be the lie he tells people who think they are saved when, they are really lost. This lie from Satan might be the reason that convinces lost people who want to be saved, that they are saved, by following ‘False Doctrines’ that our Lord does not approve i.e.: Faith Only Salvation.

As Ezekiel… we must each, be ‘watchmen and watchwomen’ to please our Lord. We must not be complacent, indifferent or…. Silent, in telling others His way of salvation.

 
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Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Is My Baptism Valid? A Study of Acts 19

I was recently contacted by a sister in Christ who is studying the Scriptures with a dear friend.  They were discussing the topic of baptism and began to seek further understanding to the purpose of “rebaptism” (not a Biblical term but used to identify one who have previously been immersed).  I began to reexamine the Word to refresh my memory in an effort to prayerfully give her an accurate Biblical response.  You are now reading my studied conclusion.

To begin with I want to say that I appreciate the heart of one who is willing to talk to others about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Paul reminded the Roman Christians in Romans 1:16-17 – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.  For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

There are some fundamental commands we must obey found in the New Testament.

Notice the following:

Luke 9:35 –“And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him!”  We must listen to Jesus!

Luke 12:8 – “And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God.”   We must confess Jesus!

Luke 13:3,5 – “No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.  No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”  Jesus said to repent!

Matthew 28:18-20 – “And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Jesus said to makes disciples.  Jesus said to teach.  Jesus said to baptize.

See Acts 2:36-47 – The Apostles did what Jesus told them to do.  They taught others to believe, repent, and be baptized.

They even gave the reasons why.

  1. Forgiveness of sins.
  2. Gift of the Holy Spirit
  3. The Lord adds that soul to the saved (church)

We find in Ephesians 4:4-6, “There is one body and one Spirit–just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call– one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”  In the midst of doctrinal confusion, Paul tells us there is only one valid baptism for us today.  However; there are several baptisms mentioned in Scripture.

Some have inquired, “What happens if a person is baptized with the believer’s baptism but not the baptism Jesus commanded?”

This is where Acts 19:1-5 is vital for our understanding.  The Scriptures state: “And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. “

Observations:

  1. Whose baptism did these disciples obey? (John the Baptist)
  2. How did Paul handle this situation?  (Taught them about Jesus and the Gospel)
  3. What did the disciples do after hearing this truth? (baptized into the name of Jesus)

It should be noted here that these men had been baptized, but not according to the baptism commanded by Jesus, so they need to be baptized in accordance with God’s word.  To be baptized in the name of Jesus means: (1)To be baptized because Jesus commanded it (Mark 16:15-16), (2) To be baptized in the manner or mode that Jesus commanded, which is immersion. (Acts 8:38-39), and (3) To be baptized for the reason that Jesus commanded through the apostles – for the remission of sins (Acts 2:38).

THIS baptism brings one in contact with the blood of Jesus so that his/her sins are forgiven and God adds him to the church (Romans 6:3-4, Acts 22:16; 2:41-47).  The same is true today.  Everyone should evaluate his/her baptism as these people did to see if they have been baptized in the name of Jesus.

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“Strengthening the Church by Strengthening the Family”

Last month I was asked by a friend to write an article for the December issue of “Hope and Expectation” magazine.  The title I was assigned was, “Strengthening the Church by Strengthening the Family” in 800 words or less (which is quite a challenge!).  This article is one in that series which may be read/downloaded at http://thejenkinsinstitute.com/journal.  I pray it will be of encouragement to you.

“As I travel and visit various congregations within our brotherhood, I try to take note of the different ways congregations are ministering to the flock.  It appears that most congregations are spending much of their resources on ministering to their women through retreats and monthly fellowships.  The men have an annual retreat, quarterly breakfast, and an occasional Bible class to minister to their needs.  The young people have lots of activities to aid in their spiritual growth development through devotionals, retreats, camps, etc.  But please consider, along with me, the question: “What are we doing to grow, strengthen, and minister to the ever changing needs of the family as a whole?”  It seems that almost everywhere we look we see and know people who are trying to persevere through the storms of life.  Many of them are facing financial strain, failing marriages, apathy, and/or dysfunctional parenting.  We see the toll it is taking on them; but what are we as ministers and the church doing to aid them?

There has become a growing trend in which the answer to this question is, “We have a youth and family minister who works with our young people and our families.  That is his area of ministry.”  However, when I speak with most of these ministers and inquire how they are ministering to the families I receive the same answer; “I’m not doing as much as I should or I don’t have the time to minister in this area because I am also working with the youth group.”  I even recently met a man who was hired as the new “family minister” for a large church who admitted that he had no clue where to begin or what to do because he had never seen a healthy, functioning family ministry model.

I have spent much time praying and meditating on some practical things that I feel can become a starting point for churches to consider.  I want to be very clear – I am in no way an expert.  I am just like many of you, a servant who is trying to discover the most effective way to minister to our church families.

A few things I would encourage you to consider as you look for ways to strengthen the church by strengthening the family:

Develop the compassion of Jesus

Jesus was a man of deep compassion.  He has compassion upon those who were distressed (Mark 6:34; Matthew 9:36), hungry (Mark 8:2), afflicted (Matthew 20:34; Mark 1:40-41; 9:22, 25), bereaved (Luke 7:12-13) and the spiritually lost (Luke 15:20) to list a few.  Like the old saying goes, “People don’t care what you know, unless they know how much you care.”

Truly know the sheep

Jesus saw people for who they really are.  Spend time with the flock and get to know them and their spiritual and emotional needs.  We must work to get past the “I’m fine so leave me alone” phase and get to the point where we can be accountable and transparent with one another’s true needs.

Fulfill our mission

God’s Word is very clear as to what the purpose and function of the body is to be.  He clearly states that we are to focus on evangelism (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Corinthians 9:22; Philippians 2:15-16).  We are to fellowship together (I Corinthians 12:25-26; Galatians 6:2; Hebrews 10:24; James 5:16). We are help others grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ as an individual and as a family unit (Romans 16:25; Ephesians 3:17-19; Colossians 1:28; 1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 1:12).  The Lord wants us to serve others through ministry (Galatians 6:10; Mark 10:43-45; John 13:14-17) and finally we are to glorify God through authentic worship and Christian living (John 4:23-24; Romans 15:5-6).  I want to strongly encourage each of us to consider each of these purposes and find ways to incorporate each of them within our ministry to families.  If we spend too much time in one area then we do not have a healthy, well-balanced ministry.  Often many of our current ministries can simply be modified to meet more than one of these purposes.

Minister to their needs

There are so many good resources available to help get us started.  It is always a good idea to sit down with some of the families at church and brainstorm as to what type of ministry the families you minister to truly need.  They may need some classes over Biblical finances, parenting, grief recovery, marriage enrichment, and/or how to have family devotionals.

Don’t try to be the expert

This is the best advice I ever received.  Far too often we feel as though we have to be the expert on every problem or situation that our families will face.  Develop a team of people, and a good library covering strengths in various areas of ministry, that can be utilized as a resource for family growth and improvement.

I wholeheartedly believe that if we will follow these principles that families will be strengthened, lives will be enriched, and the church will be blessed beyond all we can possibly hope or imagine.  May the Lord bless each of us richly as we fervently serve Him by wholeheartedly serve one another.”

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Down From the Mountain

Several years ago I was given the opportunity to travel with some friends to Green River, WY.  I had never been that far north and longed to see that part of the United States.  I recall the scenery being unlike anything that I had seen before.  The rolling hills, the various types of shrubs and bushes were magnificent as I stood in awe of God’s wisdom and power.

One day we decided to make a couple of hour drive over to the Grand Teton National Forest in Jackson Hole.  I must admit that I had never hear of the Grand Tetons and was excited to see them for the very first time.  As we arrived the snow began to fall.  In a matter of minutes if went from a light, gentle snow to a heavy snowfall which instantly limited our view to only a few yards in front of us.  Ultimately, we were only able to see the base of the Teton Mountains.  Therefore we did the only thing we could do, we went into a local store and bought some postcards.

What is it about mountains that draw us to them?  Why do many have a deep sense of longing to travel great distances to see a large pile of rocks which seem to ascend high into the heavens?  We all have our different answers, but to me, I always feel closer to God when I am on (or even very near) the mountains.

Throughout history, mountains have stood as a symbol for unity or covenant with God’s people.  Think back to Abraham’s act of obedience through his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac (Gen. 22).  Remember the giving of the law on top of Mt. Sinai (Ex. 19-20) Elijah took on the prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18).  Jesus was on a mountain when he delivered the “sermon on the mount” (Matthew 5-7).  Jesus goes to the Mount of Olives to pray to God (John 17) and then is taken to a mountain which ultimately led to His death on Mount Calvary (Matt 27).

There have been so many great things which have occurred on top of the mountain.  But of all the mountaintop experiences, the one which really speaks to me we find in the beginning of Mark 9.  Here we find where Jesus takes Peter, James, and John with Him up on the mountain and Jesus is transformed.  His clothes became dazzling white, whiter than anyone in the world could clean them and there appeared before them Elijah and Moses, who were talking with Jesus.

What would you have done?  How would you have reacted to this special event that Jesus wanted to share with you?  I often wonder how I would have reacted if I would have been there.  More than likely I would have remained silent due to the fear of saying the wrong thing.  But one thing is clear, this event was one of epic proportions that solidified in the hearts and minds of those men who Jesus claimed to be.

Often we mentally end this incredible account with Peter, James, John, and Jesus coming back down the mountain to rejoin the other disciples.  But we must not stop there…we must read on to (in my opinion) gain a very valuable life lesson.  As we continue reading in verses 14ff we learn that the other disciples are having a very difficult time healing a boy with an evil spirit.  We read in verse 16 where the crowd, disciples, and the teachers of the law are arguing as to why this boy wasn’t healed.

As I read this passage, all I can do is stop and scratch my head.  I strive to put myself into the sandals of Peter, James, John, and even Jesus to try to understand who they must have felt.  These four men had just come from the top of the mountain; where the glory of the Lord was revealed to them and as soon as they get back into the “real world” they find themselves amidst quarreling, possibly shouting, anger, confusion, disrespect and a whole list of other possibilities.  How sad is this scene?  How sad for these four men…

The more we meditate of this scene; I believe the more and more real it becomes for our own spiritual walk with the Lord.  How many times have we found ourselves in a mountain peak experience whether it is in a worship service; witnessing a new birth into Christ; a brother or sister who have repented and returned to the Lord; attending a retreat or spiritual seminar, etc. only to return to “normal life” filled with sin, anger, hatred, jealousy, or wrath?  If you have ever found yourself in this arena, you know how much it hurts.  So what do we do?

I would suggest we can learn three things about this experience.

  1. We must strive to understand the purpose of our mountaintop experiences.

Mark tells us that Jesus “led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves.” The text does not tell us which mountain, some commentators have believed it to be Mt Tabor (not likely since there was a Roman fortress there at the time) – but it is more likely that it was Mt. Hermon which is the highest mountain in the whole region (9,400’).

But it was a place that was isolated, where they could be alone with God. In order to have intimate fellowship with God it is often necessary to seek seclusion from the world and its influences. The reason that we don’t experience mountaintop experiences more is because we are too caught up with what is going on in our lives in the here and no, and do not schedule time to be alone with God.

2.   We must strive to understand the privileges of our mountaintop experiences.

Luke tells us that the disciples are weary after the climb up the mount and evidently as Jesus prayed they fell asleep (Lk. 9:32). When they awoke it was to a very spectacular and surreal scene before their eyes.  These apostles have the privilege to witness (a) Jesus’ transfiguration (b) The prophets Elijah and Moses (c) a cloud overshadows them.  (This is the Shekinah glory of God – which was the visible symbol of the power and presence of God.) (d)  a voice spoke to them.  (As the cloud settled on top of the mountain, out of cloud booms the very voice of God saying, “This is My beloved Son. Hear Him!)

As Christians we today get to share in the same experience…not in a miraculous way but in a very practical way.  We too get to share in Jesus’ glory.  We get to be in the lives of the prophets like Elijah and Moses by reading, meditating, and studying their teachings.  We also get to hear the very voice of God through His Word and we can know that God is constantly overshadowing us with His love, mercy and goodness.

3.   We must strive to maintain the proper perspective of our mountaintop experiences.

Matthew in his account says that “When the disciples heard this, they fell face down to the ground, terrified. (7) But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”(Matt 17:6-7) Initially the disciples were overwhelmed, stunned and frightened. This was an experience that they were never to forget!! Peter tells that they “… were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (2 Peter 1:16) Luke says that “… the appearance of his face was altered, and his robe became white and glistening.” (Luke 9:29) Matthew said that “…his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.” (Matthew 17:2)

Then in verse eight we read, “Suddenly, when they had looked around, they saw no one anymore, but only Jesus with themselves.” Before they realized it the cloud passed away, when the visitors were gone and the voice from Heaven was no longer heard, only Jesus remained. God allows us to have mountaintop experiences so we will get our eyes on Jesus.

There was joy on the mountaintop but there was need down in the valley. We cannot live on the mountaintop, we must climb the mountain and experience intimate fellowship with God, and then we must take what we have gained on the mountaintop back down into the valley.

We must witness the glory of God on the mountaintop so that we can minister to the misery of man in the valley. At the bottom of the mountain there is always a suffering needy world that needs the ministry of those who have been on a mountaintop with God. We must meet God both in the secret place and in the public place of worship so that we can meet the sinful and needy people in the market place.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Overpass Christianity

As I was on my way home to spend time with my family for the evening; I noticed something peculiar.  That day I experienced something which was different; something that made me stop and take notice.  I saw a big guy wearing a large cowboy hat, overalls, and his favorite dirty cowboy boots.  He was holding up a large sign on an overpass on I-35W.  Cars were stacked up for miles and miles as they were also trying to get home to relax from a busy day at the office.  There he was, holding up his sign.  Day after day for a solid week.  The sign was large and clearly visible.  On it were these words, “Jesus Saves!”  What was this guy doing?  Why was he out there in the heat of the day?  Doesn’t he realize it is the month of August here in Texas, which means only one thing…IT IS HOT!  Was he some delusional guy who had nothing better to do?  Did he really think that he was going to bring people to Jesus with a sign that he held from an overpass?  But then it hit me…On that day; during that week, he told more people about Jesus than I did.  He was the one enduring the heat and carrying the sign whereas; I sat in my office and prepared to tell the saved about Him the next time we got together.

Have you ever noticed that (sadly) some people are willing to talk freely about Jesus and others will not?  As I look back over my life, I realize that many of my friends were more excited about their church, their preacher’s sermon, their small group, their mission trip, and/or something they personally studied than me.  I began to wander, “Why is that?  Why was I so close lipped about the subject of Christ and His church that he established with His blood?”  I knew it was time to be more open about my faith.  Regardless of how “uncomfortable” I may feel, it was time to be willing to proclaim through my words and deeds that Christ is the Lord of my life.  Have you ever felt this way?

I am reminded of Romans 10:14-15 – “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in te one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  and how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

Paul asks his fellow Romans a simple question.  A question that needs to be asked once again by each of us that proclaim to wear the name of Christ.  How can anyone know about Jesus…if we aren’t willing to talk about Him and to share with others what He is actively doing in our lives?

He was just a cowboy holding up a sign on a hot day in Texas…but he said more that day to anyone who would look up than I did.  Don’t you think it is about time some things changed?

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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