Social media is an incredible tool for sharing the gospel with the world, but it shouldn’t replace the actual work of Jesus Christ.
Paul had to wait until he was shipwrecked or in jail to find time to write letters to the Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians etc. (ok…he also found time when not in prison, but you get the idea) and it took him his entire life to write out those particular letters, which became books of the bible.
Today, we can “cut and paste” the same writings and send it out to millions of people in an INSTANT.
“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, if anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will himself be able to do the things that I do; and he will do even greater things than these, because I go to the Father.” (John 14:12 AMP)
What bothers me is how in 2014, believers around the world are relying on worldly methods and practices to get the gospel of Christ to the nations, and we are putting the power of God second to our own devices. We believe in “awareness” over “action” and “business” over “discipleship.”
Israel watched as God lead them out of captivity, put them on DRY land (let that sink in) after parting a sea, and then guarded them in the front and back with fire and cloud (Jesus and the Holy Spirit).
The trinity…walked with and LEAD the people of Israel to a promised land, defeating the most powerful slave owners they had ever been under (at the time) and what was their response?
“Uh these people are kinda big…I think we should run”
40 years later…
Josh and Caleb lead the nation to what was promised, in the name and power of the Lord of all creation. Yet still, Israel saw what the world had and desired it. They asked for a king instead of judges (rejecting God as king), they asked for laws, they asked for food, etc.
And somehow we think we are different.
Today Christians are sent from all over the world to nations that do not want us there (awesome!) yet there’s one thing that slows us down: lack of faith
We practice following the laws of the land (also scriptural) in order to earn passports and visas into other countries, by stating that we are there to “visit friends/visit family/do business” …all of which are true, but they are secondary truths.
If someone were to ask me why I went to Uganda in 2012, it would not be incorrect to say “I was visiting and went to work at an orphanage.”
Yet it would still be a half-truth or a lie with the definition that a lie is:
“an intentionally false statement/used with reference to a situation involving deception or founded on a mistaken impression.”
I wasn’t there to work at an orphanage. I was there to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those that had not heard it yet. I just so happened to be doing that at an orphanage.
When all the earth passes away into the fire, only ONE of God’s creations will stand and live: Mankind…and more specifically, those that follow Christ.
The orphanage, the buildings, the businesses, the weapons of war, clothing, possessions, etc. will ALL burn away for they will amount to nothing next to the riches of the kingdom.
So as a Christian, should I not be forthcoming with my faith? When asked “why are you coming here?” should we not declare with boldness, “We are here to serve the Lord God, creator of the heavens and the earth, and would like the opportunity to learn your culture, your customs and to encourage you in love” if we truly believe that the Lord has gone before us?
“But laws, culture, times, circumstances are different these days”
True. Those things are different. But God isn’t.
Followers of Christ are not bound by time. We look, act, and follow the same way….regardless of where we are, who we are, or when we are.
There are those in this world that believe things will get better someday soon. However scripture shows us that this world will get much more depraved before the end comes. We have fallen into a culture of apathy and awareness and have forgotten our fathers.
We put our pride and hope in our youth, yet we do not credit those that have gone before (older, wiser, more mature Christians) nor do we hold them to the task of teaching our youth as much as we used to. In the times of Jesus it was expected that the older and wiser, would pass down wisdom to the youth. Now we cling to “don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young” and use that as a way to usurp others. It is a false sense of wisdom and a false sense of security.
With all the technology we have these days, the gospel could potentially be preached to the world in under two weeks (And then the end will come -Matthew 24:14). So why then has it taken us so long in this age to share who Christ is? Is it because we aren’t aware? Is it because we don’t have the means? Is it because we haven’t had a concert in the middle east? Is it because we don’t have enough workers?
It is because our workers have become supervisors and financial contributors, rather than actual workers.
If everyone is a supervisor and a financial backer, then that means everyone is just watching money sit and do nothing.
Every commercial on T.V. talks about how you can contribute to a cure for [insert problem here] and every contribution is one thing: money.
Well let’s say we all do that. Let’s say everyone gives millions of dollars to cure something. Without doctors, counselors, teachers, WORKERS, etc. …then it’s just a pile of useless money…that can’t save anyone.
So is our FAITH if we simply are aware of Jesus but don’t know what He SAID, what He DID, or WHO HE IS.
We are called to LIVE out our faith as a LIGHT to the nations, one that we would not HIDE or sneak in anywhere. We let our light shine before men because He who acknowledges Christ before men, Christ will acknowledge before the Father. He who denies Christ, will be denied before the Father.
We CANNOT be the body of Christ, if our limbs have fallen asleep. We cannot use the hands and feet of God to merely clap and dance. We must use our feet to bring the gospel of peace and our hands to serve and wash the feet of those we bring the gospel to.
In an article called “Ageism in an Age of Hipster Christianity” we are given several challenges to think about:
Instead of tattoos, they sport battle scars.
Instead of skinny jeans, they’ve endured lean years, learning to rely on Jesus.
Instead of piercings, they’ve been pierced by health concerns, death of loved ones, ministry failures. (Oh, why is it that we flock to those who only have ministry success?)
Instead of highlighted hair, gray punctuates their crown.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if we dared to listen to and honored those who have walked before us by giving them the stage? We stand on the shoulders of our predecessors, but God is not yet finished with them. Why not dignify those whose lives have played out well, who have so much to offer?
Job 12:12 reminds us, “Wisdom is with the aged, and understanding in length of days.” The Apostle Paul whose words we prize admitted to being old as he wrote from prison, “Yet for love’s sake I prefer to appeal to you—I, Paul, an old man and now a prisoner also for Christ Jesus.” (Philemon 1:9) Peter warns all of us to walk with humility, subjecting ourselves to those farther along the journey than us. “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5).
Let us put awareness and the culture of the world aside, set down our fear of this world and what “may” happen, and return to the work of Christ, boldly relying on His power…knowing what WILL happen.