Our fathers were impressed with the horror that men should die without Christ; we were equally impressed with the horror that they should live without Christ.
Quote from the 1928 Jerusalem conference of the international missionary council.
The majority of the populations of Canada and the U.S still identify as Christian, at least that’s what they say when asked. Whether that be some version of protestant or catholic, well they don’t get that specific but some Christian affiliate nonetheless.
Turn on your local evening news, read the morning newspaper, watch any TV drama, sitcom, reality or documentary and the hands and feet of Jesus are nowhere to be seen.
When you go to work or school do you notice the Jesus followers walking the halls? Could you pick them out of a crowd at the mall? Driving down the highway can you spot the Christian amongst the rest of the speeders?
Where are they if we can’t see them going about our daily lives, where are the Christ-like people if we are supposed to be able to tell the difference between those who have decided to follow Jesus and those that have yet to make that decision?
If there are so many Christians who reside in North America then why are there still so many people who have yet to hear the good news that live here in the free world?
I’ll tell you why, the quote I started with draws a line between the so called moderate Christians and the full on, in your face Christians that love you too much to care about how you look at them.
The moderate Christian sees a person on his or her death bed and prays for their salvation before they die.
The fully committed follower sees that person long before death comes knocking and tries to introduce them to Jesus so they not only die with Jesus as Lord, but live as Jesus as Lord.
We need to do much more than pray for a person who lives or dies without Christ, we need to get up off our faces and do something about it, I’m reminded of what James says….
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
James 2:14-17 ESV
Praying is great, praying is having a conversation with our heavenly Father, and the Father can do anything including changing the hearts of unbelievers. However, our commitment to Him doesn’t stop there, James says faith without works is dead and the works he’s talking about is more feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, but I think he’s also alluding to the gospel and the preaching of it, he’s talking about quenching the thirst for the Living Water.
I know I brag about my church a lot, but I can’t help it. Another thing our leadership does really well is encourage us to take our next steps in our walk with Jesus, they’re always making sure that we as Christians aren’t just sitting in the idle position, after all the road to heaven is not one of those moving sidewalks you find at the airport.
I don’t intend to take that out of context, but the point is there is a time for prayer and a time for action.
Joshua had confused the two and instead of taking action he was busy crying out to the Lord and God makes it simple for him “get up!” He said.
While the world is preoccupied with labeling everyone, Christians should be concerned with being true bona fide followers of Jesus and if they want to brand us zealots so be it, Jesus drew a line in the sand and it’s OK to be on His side.
So when I use the term moderate, Jesus used the word lukewarm and either way if you called me a moderate or a lukewarm Christian that’s when I’d be offended, not because the term itself is offensive but because I do not want to be lukewarm when it comes to Jesus I intend to be all in, I intend to be a raging fire when it comes to my Lord, the Lord!
Unfortunately there are far too many Christians who fall into the lukewarm category, sadly that’s where they want to be, tragically that’s where they will stay unless someone pushes them out of the pool of lukewarm waters and into the deep end that is discipleship under Jesus.
So to quote God “GET UP!” stop asking Him to do something about it because He already did…. He made you, now go and do it.
Praying is great and we should pray our way through everything, but there is a time for action and anytime you see someone who needs something, that’s your way in, that’s your call to action.
Now GO! It’s time to go all in for Jesus, He’s all in for you.
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