The Easy Way Out
What makes us think that, as believers, we’re fine with just coasting through life and not learning/doing as much as we can in order to reach the lost and equip the saved across the street and around the world for God’s glory? Seriously, when is the last time you mentally “checked out” during a sermon, when did you last do your own personal research or Bible study in order to learn the Word of God for yourself? When did you last care enough about another culture or religion to learn the ins and outs of it so that you could better reach them for Christ? Have you recently loved on someone who follows Muhammad? Have you taken a meal to someone who has Buddha on their mantle? Have you babysat children whose parents believe wholeheartedly in Brahman?
This is not to say that all religions are right… don’t misunderstand… my point is that, as Christians, we are to love EVERYONE straight to the foot of the cross- not to judge and alienate them to where they see no difference between us and the cold, hard world! Do we really love because He first loved us? Loving someone does not say that what they are doing is right, or that what they believe is correct. Loving someone is caring about their very soul to the point that you cannot ignore them. Does it make sense to try and reach only the lost that look like/talk like/live like us? That’d be a pretty short list!
It is not necessary to study deep theology or even to have the entire Bible memorized in order to witness to someone. The Holy Spirit Himself will prompt the hearts of the lost… but He chooses to use us as His ambassadors to show an aching world how Jesus loved while walking this earth. You know what? He didn’t avoid people just because they didn’t believe in Him. He came to seek and save the lost and that’s exactly what He commissions us to do as well. It’s not easy and we’re never to take the easy way out. Jesus didn’t, did He?
“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” –Luke 19: 10 (NASB)