‘A study by LifeWay Research and the North American Mission Board of more than 15,000 Americans found 67% say a personal invitation from a family member would be effective in getting them to visit a church. 63% say an invitation from a friend or neighbor would likely move them to respond.’ (From CharismaNews.com)
As a professing Christian, there are 2 obvious things: you know God as your Savior and you are living in this world. These should be obvious anyway. What is the common denominator now between God and this world…you. We as the Body of Christ have to do our part in connecting this fallen world to our righteous God. It is imperative that we lead others to Christ not only through our actions, but actively sharing the gospel.
As a believer, we have responsibilities not only to worship, praise, and honor God, but to lead others to Him. Jesus gave us instructions before He left the earth. In Matthew 28:16-20, He instructs the disciples on what they are supposed to do until He returns. The disciples left and began preaching and teaching about the resurrected Christ. They were obedient to the call, but are we?
Have we literally forgotten what we were called to do? This world needs Jesus; that’s evident through the daily news. Instead of saying ‘That’s so sad’ what are we, as God’s church, going to do about it? The burden to reach others is gone. When we don’t help others see Christ, our actions show how we only want God for ourselves. How selfish of us as believers to want to keep the Gift that saved us!
If we are honest with ourselves, many of us have gotten our salvation aka ‘fire insurance’ and decided to just chill until Jesus comes back.
Everyone always says they are serving, loving, caring, sharing ‘just like Jesus.’ But in all actuality, the actions are showing selfishness, but no one is walking around saying they are ‘selfish, just like Jesus.’
When preparing for this article, I wrote several drafts actually. Many of them were full of words such as ‘we, us, our’ until I realized that I can’t speak for anyone else but myself. Honestly, I know I have not shared the Good News like I could have. I will share with you 3 stingy habits I had to break in order to share Jesus.
1. Get out of the Christian circles. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having Christian friends and accountability partners. As a believer, we are supposed to. At first glance, this doesn’t look like a problem, but ONLY spending time with other Christians was not sharing the gospel. ‘I can’t hang out with some people. Everyone knows he’s a drunk, she sleeps around, they are homosexual, etc.’ My Savior ate and talked with people others considered outcasts, but I didn’t. I didn’t because of what others might say or how it might look for my reputation.
Mark 2:17 says (paraphrased) ‘healthy people don’t need medicine, sick people do.’ It was not helping my Christian friends by explaining to them the plan of salvation. I had to begin to take the Medicine to the sick.
2. Give up on fake love. I had to really learn this from Jesus. Jesus loved us so much He became like us and died. Jesus’ love was sacrificial, giving, and selfless. If I had to suffer so that you could be comfortable, like standing in the heat just to talk to you, forget about it. If it put me at a disadvantage in anyway, such as driving to the other side of town for you, couldn’t do it. I loved you, only if you loved me similar to you get me a gift for my birthday, I get you one. But I told you I loved you.
What kind of immature, self-centered love was that? I had to learn Love 101. Although it goes against everything natural, true love gives you what I have, costs me something, and puts you before me. Once I learned real love, I could accurately express Love.
3. Quit being scared. One thing that Jesus was not and that was a coward. He did not take disrespect of the temple, He challenged the Pharisees, He quieted the storm. Jesus was everything but afraid. But I couldn’t tell someone about Jesus because I literally got scared.
When presented with the opportunity to witness, all of a sudden I had a million irrelevant questions. What if they ignore me? What if they are mean to me? What if they hate Christians and everything they stand for? When it came down to it, none of those questions had an answer greater than Jesus. I had to recognize the power that was within me from the the Holy Spirit.
Many people are waiting on a professing Christian to befriend them, show love, or just to ask them to go to church. The title of this article should’ve been ‘Selfish…just like me’. But what if Jesus was selfish like me? Had Jesus not wanted to hang with certain people, not shown true love, or just been scared, the world would still be on its way to hell.
If Jesus was selfish like me, we would still need a Savior.
When I recognized these selfish habits, I had to repent and ask God to change my heart where the problem really was. But Jesus set an example of pure self-sacrifice just to give us eternal life. He was not prideful, egotistic, or greedy like me. For that, I am forever grateful.
Examine your actions over just the past 3 days, would you be unselfish like Jesus or selfish like me?