Losing Our Roots

 

In the early church God gave us a clear model of what we are supposed to do, but one of the main things that we are leaving out as “evangelical Christians” is the call to evangelize. Jesus clearly gave us a commission that as you GO, so He is not talking going on a mission trip or anything. He is saying in your daily life GO. Make disciples!!  Jesus said to love your neighbor as yourself, do you know how you do that, YOU GO!!! You take the Gospel across the street, to your work place, to your family, and even to strangers you just happen to meet. We have gotten this strange idea that sharing the Gospel is a job for pastors, deacons, and Sunday school teachers.  That is simply not true. Sharing the Gospel is for EVERYONE!!! We are all ministers of the Gospel.

“All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 ESV

We have forgotten our roots. We have forgotten our first love. Jesus, Himself has called us through the Great Commission. I really think we all know we need to be sharing the Gospel. That’s why churches have outreach events, to get out in the communities. Yet a lot of times the Gospel is not even shared. Even for seminary Christians sometimes we would prefer arguing about theology than sharing the Gospel.

Here is what is crazy though. While we sit in a pew every Sunday worshipping God, there is someone else who is risking their life in a place that we would never dream of going ourselves because we know it’s dangerous. We know it’s a dangerous area in town, we know it has a hostile view towards Christians etc. Yet people still go there. In fact at a sending event were missionaries were being sent by the International Mission Board, a women and husband were going to North Africa with their seven kids. It’s an area made mostly of Muslims.  Here they are going to place that is hostile to Christians with their seven children, but yet we can’t even walk across the street and share the Gospel with a neighbor.

“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.” Romans 1:16 ESV

We have lost that excitement, that drive to take the Gospel to our communities. We have grown stagnant in our walks with God. I don’t write these things because I’m condemning anyone, because I’m also speaking of myself. I’m at times nervous to share the Gospel. At times I’ll even give myself excuses not to. This is a battle that rages inside of all of us. We have to pray for forgiveness and let God take control of our lives. We need to renew our walk and prayer life and get back into studying the Bible on regular basis, and don’t worry about what to say to a lost person. We don’t save people, God does that all on His own. We are just ambassadors sent out by our Lord to proclaim the Good News!!! So lets regain our roots and do just that.

As Always thanks for reading.

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About Jonathan Parrish

A man who fears and loves God in all that do, which is to bring him glory.
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