September 2008

Great Commission

Story of the day:  Great Commission

     Jeff and I have been reading a great book entitled Share Jesus Without Fear, written by William Fay.  In this book, the author sets up a game plan for those that may run into situations on how to deal with evangelism.  The following excerpt is from the book and I believe the author does a great job in illustrating the need for evangelism.  He writes:  “God has called each of us to share our faith, in obedience.  He has called each of us to evangelize.  If one of your excuses for not sharing your faith is, “I don’t have the gift of evangelism,” then you need to examine Scripture.  You will find the command of the Great Commission:  to evangelize, to encourage evangelism, and to urge evangelism.” 

     He goes on further to say, “I like to explain it this way:  I don’t have the overt gift of giving; it’s not a supernatural gift God has given me.  Yet I’m required to give.  I don’t have the supernatural gift of mercy.  Yet I’m required to be merciful.  In my role as a volunteer police chaplain, it is sometimes my job to hold a mother whose child has died of SIDS.  Sometimes I find myself on a murder scene, where I try to comfort the survivors of a horrible tragedy.  And even though I hate to visit hospitals, my work takes me there to bedsides where I hold the hand of assault victims.  And because I am not naturally merciful, I have to depend on God to supernaturally release His mercy through me.

     We must all evangelize through the power of the Holy Spirit.  The apostle Paul wrote, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:13).  This means that God has given us the strength to share our faith, despite our lack of gifts, talents, and abilities.  For Paul said in Ephesians 1:18-20, “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know… his incomparably great power for us who believe.  That power is like the working of His mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead.

     This means we have the same power that raised Jesus from the dead, living in us, so we lack nothing to get the job done.

     As an evangelist, I must tell you that just because evangelism might be difficult for you, you do not have an excuse to ignore it.  When you are obedient in sharing your faith, you are giving God an opportunity to work through you, perhaps even despite you.  Jesus told us, “Go!”  This was not an option; it was a command!

Quote of the day:  William Fay

“Here is a man, giving his all with what little physical and mental abilities he has left, to share a lie.  Yet too many Christians sit back, too afraid to share the truth.”

Bible verse of the day:  Mark 28:19

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

You have commanded each of us to Go.  I pray that through the power of the Holy Spirit, that I will listen to when You say to Go.  Father, obedience is so important.  Father, I have faith in You that You will equip me with what needs to be said and that is so much greater than anything I can come up with in the flesh.  Father, I pray to not become focused on being rejected, but that I stay committed to following Your command.  Father, I pray that my flesh is not weak and that I will be obedient to what You are asking of me.  I know that with You all things are possible and because of Your command, I have “no excuses to ignore it”  I thank You for today!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen