I gotta be honest: to this day I don’t do very well when someone tells me I HAVE to do something. I know it stems from the sinful nature, from the fall, that bit of rebelliousness that remains even after we’ve given our lives to Christ. But I think most people bristle on the inside when told in a heavy-handed manner that we MUST do such-and-such.
When I first got saved, and I mean REALLY saved, I wanted to tell everything that moved about Jesus. He was the most real person in the universe, alive and powerful and able to change anyone, any day, right now! God would literally tell me where to go and who to speak to and I would do it with no hesitation. I’d get cussed out, threatened and even sometimes people would hear me out.
And then, and I’m not even sure when it happened, but it became a duty instead of a natural joy. I HAD to share the gospel or I wasn’t a good Christian. I HAD to get off my lazy rear end and tell people about Jesus. And I lost the joy. I lost the freedom. I lost the passion. And for a while I did it because I was told to do it, and then I even got a bit rebellious and didn’t feel like doing it anymore at all.
How many of us are right there when it comes to evangelism. Yes, you’ve experienced salvation. You love Jesus. But you’ve been berated for not being a witness, for not sharing boldly enough, and that has actually served to shut you down instead of fire you up.
Let’s get back to our first love again. Love always out-performs duty. Love always motivates so much better than guilt and condemnation. “9 out of 10 Christians have never once shared—-“ Just throw that in the trash! I’m so tired of hearing those kind of condemning statistics. That may be true, but it’s not helpful. That may be factual, but it’s not motivational. The only true motivation is the freeing love of Christ.
So, may God baptize us in His love again and may we share His love with others when nobody’s looking, when nobody’s tracking stats, regardless of the outcome, simply because we WANT to, not because we have to.