When Jesus walked this earth, you had better believe there was a noticeable difference! Our hearts can be ruled by things like fear, uncertainty, malicious behavior, emotions, anger, or a constant motion of trying to measure up to someone’s expectation. Things like these bring attitudes and ambitions of “my way, my wants, my agenda, and my glory”. But, when the peace of Christ rules in the hearts of His people, He sets the agenda; He gives the direction; He directs the actions; He gets the glory; and there will be a noticeable difference in people and in the church!
There are three things that will motivate us to do something:
We are motivated real quick by emergency – “The house is on fire!” Do you think the gospel message is an emergency? I would say yes, because we don’t know when Jesus will come again. What about necessity? Is the gospel a necessity? “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) Jesus said “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) The gospel message is truly a necessity! So, if the gospel is an emergency and it is a necessity, what is missing? – – Want.
As I put together my thoughts, ideas, and references for this book, I was focused on the two things that were to become the title; SHOW and TELL. I have come to believe that God’s Word tells us over and over that the Christian life and lifestyle is not only different from the world, but that those differences ought to show in our thinking, our feelings, and our actions. If the changes God desires and expects in us are not happening maybe we ought to “test ourselves to see if we are in the faith.” (Second Corinthians 13:5) This scripture goes on to say “Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” And, I might add, “If He is in you, it ought to show!”
The second thing that ought to always be a part of the Christian life and lifestyle is a constant desire to tell of your experience with God. You may call it witnessing, testimony, or evangelism, but it involves telling others about the salvation found in Christ alone, and what God has done (past) – and is doing (present) – in your life. “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.” (John 5:17) If this is true, it ought to show and we ought to tell! Many people have told me of their salvation experience, and that is good. But, I want to know if God is doing anything in your life now! Tell me about that! Please leave a comment below. Also, when you read the book, come back and let us know what you think!
Looking forward to hearing from you!