1 Thessalonians 2:4 (HCSB) Instead, just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please men, but rather God, who examines our hearts. Galatians 1:10 (KJV) For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. The Greek translation for the word servant is actually “SLAVE”…not servant. Are there Christians today willing to become Slaves to Christ and the Gospel as Paul was? This is exactly what God expects of us when we confess that Jesus is our Savior.
It seems to me that most of my followers are professing Christians, so some of you may wonder why I feel it vital to give a message of Evangelism and talk about repenting (some call it preaching to the choir). I by no means, consider myself on the same level as Paul, but Paul never stopped reminding the believers in the churches of his time of what God expects of us as his children/slaves. I’ve said it before and I’m repeating it again today…there’s responsibility in Salvation. Not just to God, not just to others, but also to ourselves, to honestly spend our life in pursuit of becoming Holy, Blameless and above reproach. We need to ask ourselves…are we in pursuit of good things or God Things in our lives? Is everything you do for the Glory of God? Paul never stopped proclaiming the Gospel to believers as well as unbelievers because he knew that we need to constantly uphold each other and keep our eyes on the prize: eternal life in the Kingdom of God with Jesus.
Are you a good and faithful servant? When you enter into the presence of Christ, will you be able to stand before Him? Will he find you to be Holy, Blameless and above reproach? Do you live your life for HIM? Or do you want to continue on in your life as before and stay in condemnation? Do you want to continue on the path you were on before you professed Jesus as your Savior? In the following letter to the Colossians, (who were already established as a church body) Paul is reminding them of the prerequisite that they signed up for when they became followers of Jesus Christ. Reminding them that they had walked away from sin and are now engaged to become a servant of Christ.
Colossians 1:19-24 (HCSB) For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross—whether things on earth or things in heaven. 21 Once you were alienated and hostile in your minds because of your evil actions. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him— 23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a servant of it. 24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for His body, that is, the church.
At some point in your life, did you say YES to Jesus with joy and excitement? You couldn’t get enough of HIS WORD, you couldn’t spend enough time with HIM and you shared your excitement with everyone you met. Then one day, you noticed that today, HE hadn’t even crossed your mind because you are so wrapped up in the world, that without realizing it you have walked away. Were you ever truly transformed by His LOVE & GRACE? Examine your life and see what has actually changed since you became a Christian. Are you no longer intentional when it comes to your walk with Jesus?
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (HCSB) Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”
Once the Gospel enters into us…and we are born again, we are changed! We are no longer representatives or ambassadors of this world…we are ambassadors to the Kingdom of God. Everything we think, do or say is for HIS Glory! We have died to our old self and are now living for HIM! When we become HIS, we put on Christ! We become a light in the dark world. 1. The way we live will make a difference to believers and unbelievers alike. 2. Don’t allow the unbelievers to drag you into the mire, remember in Matthew 26, when Jesus was before the powers that be, he held his tongue. Don’t allow unbelievers to accuse you by the way you live your life 1 Peter 2:12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles, so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation. 3. Jesus tells us to turn the other cheek to those who attack us…in Matthew 5:38-40 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.39 But I tell you, don’t resistan evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt,let him have your coat as well. 4. Spend time studying as in Psalm 1:2-3 Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. 5. Purity is center stage in all things in your life Philippians 4:8 Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.