The quest for spiritual leaders   Leave a comment

01-here-i-am-send-me-300x169

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Is. 6:8

Have ever you met someone who radically impacted your life and the way you think?  It could have been the passion, love or wisdom of that person which influenced you. I have met such a man whose wisdom changed my way of seeing things and still another man whose passion for a cause sparkled in me the desire to do the same. I met these people for a couple of hours and have not met them again since. Some very important decisions I took in my life were influenced because of them and I’ll never meet them again to let them know. These people left their thumbprints on my heart and mind and I will never forget what they said. Through their books several authors also impacted my way of thinking and somehow shaped my character and still they will never know.

Jesus was such a man who radically changed the heart and mind of people. He left his footprint in each villages He visited. Jesus’ fragrance did not go unnoticed. His teachings spread through the world and changed the life of millions of people.

Being in fellowship with Jesus causes you to be such a person who is a blessing to the people you interact with. Are you such a person people like to talk with or avoid?

Does the word you speak communicate divine comfort, blessings, love or wisdom? Or do those words spread threats, curses, hatred, foolish jokes and hurt those who listen to you?

When Isaiah saw the glory of the Lord, the first thing he said was:

Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King,the Lord Almighty.

My heart is filthy and prideful and I also live among people whose heart are unrighteous. I feel so unworthy to stand in the presence of God. I have failed so many times in my conduct and word spoken. I’m ruined and an unfit servant of the living God.

It was a solemn moment when Isaiah saw the glory of God. The scene of the seraphim picking a piece of burning charcoal on the altar and touching Isaiah’s lips with it was also emblematic. The divine creature did not cheer up Isaiah by telling him that his sins were negligible. It had to be dealt with even if it symbolically meant purifying the sinful part of the body by burning it. It’s a painful process to be purified of one’s sins – you’re brought to your knees until pride is taken away. When  we stand in the presence of God, our sins come to light and guilt takes place. God knows that no mortal man can stand in His presence without feeling uncomfortable and He provided ways to atone for the sin of men.

See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.

If guilt and sin are still present in our hearts, God will not be able to use us to be that fountain of blessing to others. The God called out: “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?

The verse does not say: “Isaiah, can I send you? Isaiah will you go for us?”

Isaiah response was spontaneous, send me. If you’re hearing God calling out do not close your mouth. Say wholeheartedly, “Here I am, send me where you want and do what you wish”

In his book, Out of the comfort Zone, George Verwer pointed out that many Christian organization and churches struggle to find leaders willing to take responsibilities. Jesus himself said that the harvest is great but the labourers are few. Very few Christians respond to God’s call. They just stand as spectators seeing the churches going into ruin and evil spread. Edmund Burke said something about this attitude of passivity:

-The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
 –Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
I have witnessed that God  miraculously equip those who respond to His call. If you’re convinced that God has called you for a specific ministry, just do it. Do not wait for someone to mention your name to serve God. You might never know if what you sowed bore fruits.
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” Col. 3:17
“Whatever you do or say”- This implies your whole character. If you have not been a good representative of the Lord with your neighbors, colleagues, family and friends, it is not too late. Repent and confess your sins like Isaiah did. God will provide a way to purify your sins and use you again for His glory. Isaiah was commissioned to: “Go and tell this people” and Christ also commissioned His disciples to go and tell to the whole world of the Good News. What shall we do with God’s call? Shall we respond and say ‘Here am I, send me’or ‘Lord, this is not my ministry, look here’s a missionary organization’.

 

Advertisements

Posted February 25, 2017 by Cedric in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , ,

The life of Faith [1]   Leave a comment

Faith is believing what you cannot see

Faith is believing what you cannot see

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” Hebrews 12:1

God has often been using water to test the faith of men. By faith, Peter walked on the sea, by faith Moses led the people of Israel through the Red Sea, by faith Naaman received his healing, by faith Noah built an ark to save himself and his family from the flood, by faith Elisha healed the waters of Jericho and by faith the blind man received his sight by washing himself at Siloam. The perfector of our faith, Jesus, used water to do supernatural things like changing water to wine, walking on the water and calming the sea. The challenges brought by the waters always resulted to miracles and growth to the life of faith.  When the people of Israel reached the Red Sea, they saw an obstacle but Moses saw the Red Sea as the way out. How many of us when we see the obstacle from far, we give up and refuse to make a step closer? Faith is what makes you get closer to the obstacle when people are laughing at you. The people of Israel had to reach the Red Sea for it to open.

This is what the Lord said to Moses: “And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it.  Ex. 14:15

C.Cowman said: “God does not open paths for us in advance of our coming. He does not promise help before help is needed. He does not remove obstacles out of our way before we reach them. Yet when we are on the edge of our need, God’s hand is stretched out. Many people forget this, and are forever worrying about difficulties which they foresee in the future. They expect that God is going to make the way plain and open before them, miles and miles ahead; whereas He has promised to do it only step by step as they may need. You must get to the waters and into their floods before you can claim the promise.”

While it is true that the Israelites went through the Red Sea on dry ground, God’s promises still stand when the ground will not be dry.

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up;the flames will not consume you.” Isa. 43:2

Even if the waters do not open when you’re “going through the rivers of difficulty”, be sure of this: You will not drown for the Lord thy God is with you!

When you pray, do it with faith.  If the answer still tarries, do not pray for it in such a way that it is evident that you do not believe that God can do what you’re asking for.

If you’re not sincerely expecting that God will answer your prayers, then you do not believe in God’s abilities.

Jesus said:

Then Jesus said to the disciples, Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too” Mark 11:22-27

Jesus clearly said that what we ask for will happen and not might happen.

In this verse Jesus implicitly mentioned 2 reasons why people do not receive:

  1. People do not really believe that God can do what they are asking. In other words, they doubt.
  2. If you hold a grudge against someone and do not forgive, then God also will not forgive you of your sins. God does not tolerate this attitude (See Parable of the Unforgiving debtor) .

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”    Heb. 11:6

It is useless to pray for something you do not believe God can do. These are the kind of prayers God will not answer.

James said:

 When troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.for you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing….But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.” James 1:3-6

Here James explicitly explained one reason why people do not receive:

If your faith is not in God alone, i.e. you’re relying also on your strength or finance then you’re taking up the glory that should be to God alone. Either God has whole control or you take your destiny in your own hand. God will not answer prayers when you’ve one foot in the water and one foot in the sand. You’ve to take a decision.

James also mentioned in chapter 4:

Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure…”

C.Cowman said:

“You will never learn faith in comfortable surroundings. God gives us the promises in a quiet hour; God seals our covenants with great and gracious words, then He steps back and waits to see how much we believe; then He lets the tempter come, and the test seems to contradict all that He has spoken. It is then that faith wins its crown. That is the time to look up through the storm, and among the trembling, frightened seamen cry, “I believe God that it shall be even as it was told me.”

If God does not do the miracles of opening the waters before you or lead you to walk on the waters, remember that you’ll reach the shore safely. God is not limited in solutions, if He was able to transport disobedient Jonah to Niniveh through a big fish, what can’t He do to bring you safely to shore? Hebrews 11 tells us that all the men commended by God had something in common – faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God and the righteous shall live by faith.  How can you run with endurance the life of faith? Hebrews 12 says: We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus.

Whether we live by faith or not, the trials will be over. There will be joy if we persevere in our faith during the trial but regrets if we refuse to surrender and trust God. Living by faith is a decision that one takes because He knows God.

Posted January 7, 2017 by Cedric in My writings (English)

Tagged with , , , ,

Whatever you do, do it heartily, as working for the Lord [1]   Leave a comment

Do it Heartily

Do it Heartily

And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father…Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord” Col. 3:17,23

It took me some time to digest these words of wisdom from Paul. Experience taught me that following this advice is beneficial not only for others but also for self.

  • When Christians grumble

Sometimes as Christians we grumble, complain or argue when we feel that we’re treated unfairly. I have learned in these situations that retaliation is not the wise way to react as it indicates that we’re conforming to the pattern of this world (Rom. 12:12) and seeking the reward found in this world instead of the reward from above. Paul said:

Do everything without complaining and arguing,  so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.” Phil. 2:14

Yes the world is crooked and perverse and if you complain and grumble, you’ll not be beyond reproach as you’ll be criticized for doing so. If it is your pride which is causing you to complain then you’re reacting as the crooked and perverse people do. Instead, Paul said live innocent lives as children of God. Endure hardship, if someone slap you give him the other cheek Jesus taught (Mat. 5:29). Do not resist an evil person Jesus said. We often consider a child to be innocent as he is defenseless and this is how children of lights should be. Peter says, do not return evil for evil (1 Peter 3:9). It is in adversity that Christians make the difference. When everyone expects that you’ll fight for your rights, resist and retaliate and see no reaction, it is then that you’re making a difference. This attitude is not one of defeat but of strength because you’re giving loud answer through your action that your treasure is not in this world. If you’re fighting for glory and money, then the world will see that you’re seeking the things of this world like them. Paul again wisely wrote:

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Tim. 6:9

If you have food and clothing you must be grateful to God and be content. Do not fall in the same trap as those who have been entangled by the things of this world and have wandered from the faith. There’re much sorrows awaiting when your choose money and fame as the source of your happiness.

  • Whatever you do, do it heartily for the Lord

This is the cure to all the complaints, insatisfaction and grumblings. If you really do your job as if you were doing it for the Lord, you’ll stop grumbling and even seek to do more work. If the reason you’re working is to have more money and to reach a higher position, then you’ll reach a point where you’ll be discouraged or upset when you’re not promoted or there’s a lack of recognition from your boss. However, if your motive is to do your job heartily everyday as if you’re devoutly offering it to the Lord, then it will not matter if your boss sees your achievements. If you do not seek recognitions from the world then you’ll be spared the hurt of not being rewarded.  Paul said: “As for me, it matters very little how I might be evaluated by you or by any human authority…It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide” 1 Cor. 4:3

Imagine how the world would be if a Christian cook prepared food for customers as if it was for the Lord or a Christian doctor treated his patient as if the Lord was before him? There will be no need to go on the roof top and shout that you’ve done your best. Excel in the job you do even if no one is watching you. Whatever you do, do it for the Lord and do not expect to receive this reward on earth. Christians should be reputed to be hard workers and not known as being lazy or idle. Paul said:

Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.” 2 Thes. 3:10-13

It is a sad truth that some Christians have bad reputations in their jobs. The name of Christ is blasphemed because of the quality of work they deliver. Whatever we do or say, Christ should be the reason of  our actions. If we’re serving Christ, we cannot participate in illicit works.

Last but not the least, God forges your character by what you do to make you what He wants you to be.

“It is not what a man does that is of final importance, but what he is in what he does. The atmosphere produced by a man, much more than his activities, has the lasting influence” Oswald Chambers

Posted December 3, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

Tagged with , , , , , , ,

Without faith it is impossible to please God [Part 2]   Leave a comment

faithYou have so little faith, Jesus said. Why did you doubt me?

Mat. 14:31

 When we decide to adopt living by faith as a lifestyle, it will become evident to us that God is not limited by time, money an science.

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.  Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation.” Hebrews 11:1

Right now, my wife and I are going through trials. We do not know how we’ll go through but we know we will by trusting God.

Faith is believing that God is not limited by resources

Jesus took 5 breads and 2 fish and fed at least 5000 persons. This miracle Jesus did showed that God is not limited by resources. It is mathematically impossible to explain how people ate as much as they wanted when initially the resources were scarce. If your salary is less than what you spend, how can you make both ends meet? It is mathematically impossible but God works in ways we cannot see to provide our daily needs. Even if we do not know what we will eat tomorrow(Mat. 6:31), we believe God will take care of it. The Zarepthath widow(1 Kings 17:7) can testify how God multiplied flour and oil.

Faith is believing that God can when it is too late

When Jesus learned that Lazarus was sick, He intentionally stayed where He was for 2 days instead of healing Lazarus on the spot(John 11:6). When Jesus reached Bethany, it was 4 days since Lazarus was put in the grave. When Jesus came, Mary thought it was too late and said :

Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died“John 11:32

On the other side, Martha had a little faith and said: “But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask” John 11:22

When Jesus was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, Martha doubted and could not see it coming and she said:

But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord, he has been dead for four days. The smell will be terrible.”Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?” John 11:39-40

Even when all has been said and done, there’s still hope for the dead because Jesus lives.

Abraham’s faith transcended Martha’s faith because he thought that God would raise Isaac from the dead after he offered him since he firmly had faith in God’s promise of a large posterity through Isaac.

Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.” Hebrews 11:19

Faith is believing that God can when science says no

Jesus performed many supernatural things like changing water into wine, calming the storm and healing the born blind. These are miracles that defy science .The woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, spent much of her money with doctors but still could not be cured. Science could do nothing for her but Jesus said:  “your faith has made you well. Go in peace” Luke 8:48. When Jesus called Peter to walk on the water (Mat 14:31), it was a supernatural experience that defied the fisherman’s knowledge of water. Though he doubted on the way and sank, this man nevertheless defied the law of science through his faith in Jesus. God is above the law of science and having faith in Him can literally move a mountain to the sea.

Posted October 8, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

Tagged with , , , , , ,

Without faith it is impossible to please God [Part 1]   Leave a comment

faith

Without faith it is impossible to please God

Hebrews 11:6

When we got married, my wife and I decided to live a life of faith. It was not because we lacked something but it was a lifestyle we wanted to have. It did not took long when God started to test our faith.

Dear brothers and sisters,when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” James 1:3

Each time my wife and I had to exercise our faith, we developed more endurance and patience. The first time it all started was when we were looking for a piece of land and house to buy while preparing for marriage. It was a tough situation and each time our parents asked us where we were going to stay, we felt embarrassed as the wedding day was drawing closer. When I told my father that I was relying on God in this situation, he did not understand and thought I was not serious and taking things lightly. I failed many times to keep faith, I was worried, anguished and doubted but was each time, God’s word encouraged me and I had strength to persevere. I have seen miracles happen and God faithfully provided what we needed. When we decide to live by faith we’ve to face constraints like time and money. It is in these situations that we learn that time and money are not issues for God. His timing is perfect. God miraculously provided us a piece of land which we could not afford and orchestrated everything to get the house built.

Before I started to live by faith I was prideful in my heart and thought that everything I had, I got them because of my hard work. When I started to live by faith, it was evident to me that everything I had came from God. I have seen God’s thumbprint in the planks, bulbs and furniture we purchased. Living by faith should be a lifestyle and not the last resort.

Living by faith EVERYDAY

Most often, it’s when we cannot resolve our problems that we turn to God as last resort. We then trust God and have faith in Him. When God has answered our prayers and petitions, we give thanks and take again our destiny in our hands. This behavior gives little opportunity for our faith to grow since we’re not living daily by faith but occasionally when things get tough. The Teacher wants to disciple us to live by faith, one day at a time and not worry about tomorrow(Mat. 6:34). Jesus taught His disciples “Give us TODAY”our daily bread and not “Give us our bread for tomorrow”.

If you train yourself everyday to run 7 miles, when you’ll be asked to run 8 miles it will not be tough because you developed endurance daily. However, if you do not train yourself everyday, you’ll most likely see impossibilities everywhere and fail to complete your race.

If we want to live comfortably we’ll most likely never develop endurance in our faith. It is in adversity, incertitude and impossibilities that faith works better. If you have good health, food, money and have no time constraints then how will you be able to discover a Jesus who can heal the born blind, multiply breads and even raise the dead? I have witnessed that poor people have more faith than rich people because they rely on God EVERYDAY to get their daily bread.

The author of the Epistle to the Hebrews gave in chapter 11 examples of the champions of the faith. In Hebrews 12, he then described the people of God as running an individual race of faith in a stadium. Heroes of the faith like Abraham, Moses and Noah are watching and encouraging us to keep running.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith” Hebrews 12:1-2

Posted October 8, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

Tagged with , , , , ,

I’ll make you a fisher of man [Part 2]   Leave a comment

Fisher of man

Fisher of man

Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” Mat. 4:19

As mentioned in Part 1 of this post, Jesus taught His disciples to fish.

  • How NOT to fish?

At that time the traditional method of fishing was with nets and not hooks. When we fish for people we do not lure them with a bait or hurt them with a hook. When a person feels being tricked, he is on his defensive and will never listen. We do not promise people that they will become rich when they come to Christ, have many wives in heaven, have spiritual powers or will never be sick. The prosperity gospel is an example of such a luring and fake gospel. We are not catching fish for ourselves but we’re doing it to give them to Jesus to cleanse them.

  • Why Christians do NOT Go?

During the last 10 years, I have observed that churches which do not evangelise often have to deal with disputes. Members do not grow in their faith, do not function like a body, are not Spirit-led and no new souls added to the church. There’re many reasons why people do not share the gospel, I’ll enumerate just a few.

Money and possessions

I have witnessed that God always provide miraculously for this divine cause and even beyond what was needed. I can say with confidence and faith that money should never be considered a prerequisite to share the gospel. God graciously provide if we’re at the center of His will. Jesus said “those who work deserve their pay”. When we do God’s will and humbly go to make disciples, God will generously provide for our needs whether it be financial or not. Money is needed in evangelism but is not a prerequisite.

On the other side, those who are busy to get rich do not find time to evangelize. They have legitimate reasons like they need to provide for their family, pay the bills and live decently. They also feel that they did their part by paying the pastor of missionary organization to do their job. On the other side many people are dying because there’re not sufficient laborers who are clearly sharing to the gospel. We need more people in this great cause, not money. Unless we understand clearly the urgency of bringing people to Christ for their salvation, we’ll always have more important things to do.

The illusion that sinners will come to church

Let us be honest: Fish do not jump from the sea in the boat, do they? The fishermen need to go where the fish are to catch them. While it is true that the Holy Spirit intensively works in the heart of men to drag them to Christ and the church, most people became followers of Jesus when we reached out to them. We need to GO and not wait for people to come to church. People are blinded by their sins, they do not seek God and even less consider of going to church. The disciples of Jesus are the salt and the light of the world. Darkness is the absence of light and Christians need to shine in these places.

Ashamed of the Gospel

Jesus said: “ If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels“Luke 9:26

If our life has really changed when we followed Jesus, then we can deduce by ourselves that His teachings are true and life changing. So why should we be ashamed of something that we have witnessed and experienced as true and real?

Paul said: “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes” Rom. 1:16

Posted September 25, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

Tagged with , , , , ,

I’ll make you a fisher of man [Part 1]   Leave a comment

Fisher of man

Fisher of man

Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!” Mat. 4:19

It’s been a few months since I started to ponder on this question: “How to be effective in evangelism?” After reading a blog which somehow addressed this question, I started to meditate more on the Great Commission. Jesus was the one who first taught how to fish for people and gave it as a command to His disciples before ascending to heaven (Mat 28:18). It is therefore interesting to see how Jesus taught His disciples to fish for people.

Why should I fish for people?

On April 2010, the Gulf of Mexico was struck with the greatest oil-spill tragedy which affected severely the marine eco-system . It was estimated that about 5 millions barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf and countless marine animals were intoxicated and died. Scientists captured marine animals for rehabilitation and cleansing but unfortunately could not save all.

Jesus said “Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” Mat. 24:12

Just like oil has been spread over a large surface area, so has sin been spread throughout the world.The Good News is simple: We’re telling people that they have been intoxicated by sin and that only Jesus can save them.

  • Follow me

In order to be effective and efficient fishers of men, we must first be followers of Jesus. The disciples learned how to fish by following the way Jesus did. We cannot make disciples if we’re not ourselves disciples. A disciple is one who obeys the teachings of His master, who allows the divine Potter to mold his character and who submits his entire will to the Holy Spirit.  In a previous post we have seen the difference between a disciple and a believer. If we’re entangled by the things of this world and love our family, our job or life more than Jesus we cannot be a disciple of Jesus(Mat. 10:37). The reason why evangelism became an activity amongst others in churches and not the  main activity of the church is because leaders themselves are entangled by the things of this world and they find it difficult to make it a personal priority. Since it’s not a personal priority for them, the church’s priority is influenced by theirs. The disciples left their jobs and family immediately when Jesus called them to follow Him in this great cause of saving people from hell. The disciples did not know what was awaiting them ahead when they followed Jesus. The more they followed Him, the clearer the vision became when they saw Him heal the sick, cast out demons, teach the crowds and rise the deads. If you follow Jesus, you’ll see what He can do and this will give you faith when He’ll send you to do greater things in His name (Rom. 15:17-19).

“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.  Yes, ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it!” John 14:12-14

We are just messengers telling people that Jesus cleansed us from sin which once stuck like oil in our flesh. Jesus has taken us from darkness to light(Eph. 5:8), gave us living water(John 7:37) and prepared a divine place for us (Jn 14:2).

  • Where to GO?

Jesus’ command was clear: GO !

But where to go?

We need to go to the world, literally everywhere. Your neighbors, colleagues, employees, children and parents all need to hear the Good News.

“Jesus traveled throughout Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching everywhere the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed people who had every kind of sickness disease” Mat.4:23

“After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road…Stay in one place, eating and drinking what they provide. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because those who work deserve their pay“Luke 10:5

Jesus said that the harvest is great but there’re few laborers. The tragedy is that among the few laborers, most of them are fishing in the same region. Jesus sent his disciples in small groups in order to be more efficient and effective. Persecution caused Christians to be scattered throughout the world but God turned out this evilness to good as it allowed the Good News (Acts 8:4, 11:19) to reach more people.

I once observed than going to fish in large group is not a good idea as it causes the fish to be scared due to too much disturbances by the fishermen. If all the fishermen were scattered, they would have covered a larger area and had more chances to catch fishes.  It’s the same with fishing for men. Paul also had this strategy:

My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,“Those who have never been told about him will see,and those who have never heard of him will understand.” Rom.15:20, 2 Cor. 10:16

Regions which have been exposed to intensive evangelism programs have become confused, saturated and accuse Christians of brainwashing and targeting weak people. If you live in such a place, GO to places which have never been exposed to the gospel to be more efficient. If most of the people you meet are Christians then it’s most likely that you’ll never catch a fish. We need to go towards those who do not share our faith in order to have a Good News to tell. Jesus was judged by the religious leaders for being a friend of sinners.

Why does your teacher eat with such scum?”When Jesus heard this, he said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.” Mat. 9:11

What would a doctor accomplish good if he examined only healthy people? Eating with sinners never made you one. If you want to be effective and efficient in evangelism, you need to go where the sick people are.

 

Posted September 24, 2016 by Cedric in My writings (English)

Tagged with , , , ,