Sometimes I think that we Christians tend to live in a bubble of our own making. We view life through rose-colored glasses of our own design, especially if we’ve been living for God for any length of time. Now, I’m not talking about what you’re probably thinking this blog is about. This has nothing to do with making sure we are ‘in the world but not of the world’. This is not about ‘being all things to all men’.
This is actually quite the opposite.
I’m talking about Christians who are so wrapped up in living a life that blends in with their surroundings that they’ve lost the heart of what Christianity is all about. We’ve become masters at living under the radar, hoping that our lives touch other people for Christ, but at the same time we skillfully avoid all mention of the very One who saved us in the first place. There’s a lot of action but no talk.
Somewhere along the line Christians have been convinced that it is far better, and even more Godly, to let our actions speak louder than our words. We’ve become an army of doers rather than speakers, and even though it flies in the face of what has become the ‘norm’ I am here to say that we need to get back to the basics.
When Jesus sent the disciples out two by two He didn’t send them out to do good works, to build better programs, to let their actions speak louder than their words. He didn’t tell them just to mix in with the crowd and hope that by their actions others will be attracted to Christ. Here is what He said, in Luke 9:2…
Then he sent them out to preach the Kingdom of God and to heal the sick, (GNT)
Did you see it? Jesus sent them out to PREACH the Kingdom of God, and then to heal the sick. You can’t have one without the other.
So often we pride ourselves on our great acts of compassion, whether it be feeding the homeless or painting houses, but without the actual preaching of God’s word these are no longer ministries but social programs. The world has enough social programs, what the world needs is the gospel. Social programs will help their immediate needs, but the gospel of Christ will touch their souls and give them an eternal future.
This means that you need to include God in your conversations. Whether it be the guy who’s sleeping on the park bench or your Great Aunt Mary, at some point you need to include the message of the gospel. We can’t just leave it to the other person to ask us about why we’re doing these good works because quite frankly, the majority of people will never ask. Why would they? Once their immediate needs are met there’s no reason to hang around.
We need to seize the opportunities given to us to preach the good news of the gospel. We need to actually say the words, “God loves you. Jesus died for you. You can be forgiven of your sins and have eternal life.”
There are lives at stake here. It’s time to step back from the imaginary world that we’ve created where if we just do good works people will come to Christ. We need to actively pursue them.
It’s time to put the words back into our actions.
Romans 10:14 tells us:
But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them?(NLT)