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Responsibility, Accountability and The Art of Witnessing for Jesus
Leading Without Having Ever Been A Follower
Imparting knowledge is no place for personal opinion. Everybody has an opinion and there is a place for everything in its time. It is written in Ecclesiastes 3 that "there is a time for everything", and it elaborates extensively. Bible believers trying to live like Jesus followers are mandated to be servant leaders. They are commanded by Jesus Christ to live a certain way apart from the world in which they live. The Bible serves as a manual for righteous living according to the principles set forth by Jesus The Christ. The Bible answers every question in life if we know how to use it. I have heard people declare that they have read the Bible completely and some will boast several times yet fail the test of trying to live it. Because they have no relationship with the Holy Spirit they are incapable of understanding what they claim to have read.
The Bible is The Living Word of God. To argue against this statement will not in any way invalidate it. The statement is absolute. Accept it or reject it are the only choices. You don't get to evoke "empirical evidence" to bolster your argument. Jesus preempted every and all doubters long before they were called Atheists.
The "adversary" or Satan first tried to distract Jesus when he came off a 40 day fast in the wilderness. If you are truly who you say you are prove it was its terse retort. "Let me see you do something. Make yourself something good to eat from stones or jump off this cliff and not die; anything, I don't believe you can do it". Today, we as modern believers are often ridiculed from that same "spirit of unbelief" . It is written in Hebrews 4:11-16 -
11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.
The "spirit of unbelief" causes one to be disobedient to God's Word. No one can be obedient to something they don't believe. At least Atheists can't be accused of being hypocritical.
Believers are responsible for making available the "ministry of reconciliation" . We are commanded to act in place of Jesus, to witness so that men can receive salvation. What an awesome responsibility. Jesus empowers us to carry on His mission in the earth.
This means we are accountable to Jesus. Not your pastor, reverend, Bishop or other leader but Jesus Himself. This means you cannot use your pastor as an excuse. Sometimes we fail to step into our calling because we wait for a "man of God" to affirm us. There is a trend in the modern church, a . We were given a direct command to deliver the ministry of reconciliation. Why then are men leading believers away from Jesus through ministries contrary to what we are commanded? Men invariably seek the ministry of affirmation path of less resistance or the easy way out. H.G. Wells once said of these that they were "losers" and I would add, cowards.
The main problem with Believers outside of slack study habits (we are commanded to study to show ourselves approved of the Lord) is wanting to serve God by using their creative abilities. Too many seek to lead without following. They seek to place themselves in a position to Lord it over others but disdane having to take orders from anyone. Witnessing for Jesus Christ is the most important aspect of our mission as ministers of reconciliation.
"And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?" 7 He said to them, It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." - Acts 1:8.
Get busy . Witness. Surely the Love of Jesus has manifested in your life in some way. Tell someone about it. Tell your story so that they can see Jesus in you... His In Service