Christian Excuses: It's not my gifting
I grew up in a small rural town in Texas. The Baptist church, where I was a member, had 300+ in attendance on most Sunday mornings. On Monday evenings, we had "visitation." Visitation was a time where members of the church would go to visit people who hadn't been to church in a while and check in on them, but it was also a time to share the gospel with people in our local community.
My dad would take me with him on Monday evenings after he got home from work. Out of those 300+ on Sunday mornings, I never remember seeing more than six people there for visitation. Why? Because they felt like it wasn't their responsibility or gifting. They felt like that was the pastor's job, but that excuse is completely out of touch with what the scriptures teach.
"We are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ's behalf, 'Be reconciled to God'." 2 Corinthians 5:20
I will admit that there are some methods of evangelism that aren't particularly appropriate culturally or even some that can damage the cause, but a complete lack of evangelism in the church reveals to us some difficult truths.
We don't believe Jesus is who He said he was.
We don't believe that He is the answer to the pain in the world around us.
We don't believe that our neighbor's sin will ultimately send them to hell and separation from God.
Because if we did, we would do something about it.
We wouldn't just let them slowly drown while we watch with a life preserver in our hands.
So, let's call it what it is, One huge lazy excuse. It reveals the weak state of the church today. It's no wonder the world is looking elsewhere for answers because the inconsistency of our words and actions tell them that something is wrong.
SO STOP MAKING EXCUSES and tell someone about Jesus and what he did for you. If you have never won someone to Christ, Repent from your cowardice and disobedience.
Go and tell!
This Christian life is a radical departure from our typical self-centered existence. Be bold, share the hope you have in Christ with those who are lost and perishing.
If you are not willing to do something so simple, don't be surprised on Judgment day if you hear these words, "Go away, I never knew you." Because if you did know him, you would have an uncontrollable compulsion to tell others about him.
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