“Invite people to church.”
“Bible study is needed so you can properly tell people about Jesus, and why they need Him in their lives.”
True. And simple.
But ineffective because we, as Christians, have not been credible messengers.
And you can’t tell someone what they need if you can’t model for them something that they might want.
I’ve wasted years and opportunities with faulty “tell people about Jesus and invite them to church” mentality.
Failure is measured when our immediate actions don’t result in church attendance or baptism.
We want to lob gospel grenades and hope for immediate results. If we don’t think we can hit a homerun, we just let somebody else bat for us…….preachers, people with better knowledge of the bible……….
I can’t do something big, so I’ll do nothing at all.
It’s a terrible mistake to spend our days believing that Jesus can only be dispensed to an unbelieving world in $1,000 bills.
I’ve never had a $1,000 bill and never spent one. And I’ve never taken action or said the magic words that immediately led someone to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.
But I have a change bucket that I empty my pockets into every day. And it accumulates at least $300……twice a year…….year after year.
Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us……….. 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
I don’t even know anybody that’s ever had a $1,000 bill. But we’ve all gone through mountains of pocket change over the years.
For the talents that God has given the vast majority of Christians, there is greater cumulative value in the little things.
Simple acts can lead to amazing things when we trust God with things beyond our sight or reach.
We don’t have to be able to see the last step, we just have to be willing to take the next one…….and we can’t be frozen in out tracks simply because we think we have to jump the whole staircase in a single bound.
Check the direction of your influence. It’s reaching somebody all the time. Good…..or bad?
Dispensing the love and hope of Jesus to the world around us, one penny and one nickel at a time. All day every day.
Little things matter. Every day, action and every encounter has value…..forever.
In a world where Christians tend to be tagged as judgmental hypocrites, live with a determination to be a credible messenger of the story of the hope that Jesus brings.
Invite the character of Christ into all of life’s situations. Make someone take notice, “what do you have that makes you different”.
Before I can offer something to others that indicates something is missing in their life, I must first display something mighty powerful that is present in my life.
Don’t just talk about Jesus. Live like Him.
Living like Jesus….even one penny at a time….all day every day……is a life worth living, a hope and love worth sharing, and a life that make someone seek something that they didn’t even know they were missing.
And if I did have a $1000 bill, I’d probably change it for smaller bills anyway. It’s useless to me since pop machines and concession stands won’t take ’em.
3 thoughts on “Gospel Grenades and Change Buckets”
I love your outlook on this. I once was a salesperson for a knife company that sold really expensive knives. I didn’t sell very many, and I think it’s because I didn’t believe in the product. It’s like I expected people to say no when I asked for the sale. I think we treat our Christianity the same way. We invite them to church, but it’s superficial. Too many of us go to church on Sunday, but we don’t really allow Christ to impact every area of our lives. If we truly believed, you would think that our relationship with him would affect every other relationship we have. And that would be something for others to believe in.
Thanks. You make very good points. You had to believe so fully in your product that it changed your whole approach to presenting it. Not very appealing or convincing to simply say, “here it is, I promise you need it…….no I don’t own a set, I wouldn’t pay that much for them.”
Exactly! That’s what I was trying to say, but I’ve always had a problem with being concise, lol.