Over the past 2 years, there has been much loss of young life, just within my tiny circle of friends. The latest news came Friday when a college classmate lost a battle with cancer. My heart breaks for all the families who now must carry on without mothers or fathers.
But last night, my thoughts were drawn to all who are die so young. I’m blessed to say, that I believe all those in my circle have been believers, but not every family can say that. So many are lost with NO true knowledge of Christ or His saving grace. THAT breaks my heart!
We are living in a culture, in a world with SO MANY people, young and old, that are dying and going to Hell because so many Christians simply don’t care.
Yes, that seems harsh, but can you argue it?!? I can’t. I can however recall many people I’ve walked right by because I was afraid of rejection, afraid I wouldn’t know what to say, afraid they may know too much about who I used to be to trust me…etc, etc, etc.
What we need are more Christians to get over being afraid! What we need are these “Sunday morning” Christians to find Christ for real!
It’s one thing to talk the talk. So many say, “I believe in God & Jesus.”
Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? – James 2:19 (The Message)
I’ve even been told, “I’ve been baptized.” Let me share some more from James 2…
14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
18 I can already hear one of you agreeing by saying, “Sounds good. You take care of the faith department, I’ll handle the works department.”
Not so fast. You can no more show me your works apart from your faith than I can show you my faith apart from my works. Faith and works, works and faith, fit together hand in glove.
19-20 Do I hear you professing to believe in the one and only God, but then observe you complacently sitting back as if you had done something wonderful? That’s just great. Demons do that, but what good does it do them? Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?
21-24 Wasn’t our ancestor Abraham “made right with God by works” when he placed his son Isaac on the sacrificial altar? Isn’t it obvious that faith and works are yoked partners, that faith expresses itself in works? That the works are “works of faith”? The full meaning of “believe” in the Scripture sentence, “Abraham believed God and was set right with God,” includes his action. It’s that mesh of believing and acting that got Abraham named “God’s friend.” Is it not evident that a person is made right with God not by a barren faith but by faith fruitful in works?
25-26 The same with Rahab, the Jericho harlot. Wasn’t her action in hiding God’s spies and helping them escape—that seamless unity of believing and doing—what counted with God? The very moment you separate body and spirit, you end up with a corpse. Separate faith and works and you get the same thing: a corpse.
I don’t want this to come across as judgmental, because that is not how it is meant. If you claim to be a Christian because you prayed a prayer & were baptized, but have NO…ZERO…NADA…fruit to show for it, yet it is nothing for you to put down on anyone for any little thing you don’t like…you tend to do whatever is necessary to make people think a little more highly of you, even if that means lying through your teeth…you make it a point to praise yourself for every little deed done…you hold your tithe because you are mad the pastor didn’t wear a tie…you may want to check your heart, because that may have simply been a nice formal bath you got that day.
God calls Christians to the harvest! If we sit on our thumbs content in our “fire insurance” and never share the love of Christ…what’s going to happen to that harvest?
“Oh, but I’m a good person, I help everyone that I can…”
There are many good, charitable people who do not know Christ. Don’t go there.
How do you show the love of Christ?? Well, to start, fill yourself with HIM! Take your family to church!! Get up on your “day off,” grab your family, and go!!
Oh, but the people there will look at me funny if I don’t wear the right clothes. SO WHAT!! Since when is going to church about looking good and gaining approval of people? It’s about worshiping GOD, and any church worth attending will know that and welcome you!!
Read your Bible. Really, read it. God’s Word is a living, breathing book. It will breathe the love of Christ into your soul! And what you fill your soul with is what will flow out of you!
People are hurting…really hurting. People need Jesus. They need nonjudgmental, unconditional, unwavering love. The only way we, as imperfect humans, can give that is to fill ourselves with CHRIST.
We need to not be afraid to reach out to them. We need to not be afraid to step out of our comfort zone to reach them. We may even need to modify our method of reaching out to them.
Whatever it takes!!!
Yes, that phrase terrifies this introverted pastor’s wife, but I WILL do whatever it takes to glorify my God, to show as many souls as I can HIS perfect love. Will you join me & let’s walk the walk together?
-Ready to work