Make Your Christian Faith Public
We live in a society that feels uncomfortable talking about their faith. We've become "undercover Christians" and the sad reality is that when we hide our relationship with Jesus from the world, we fail to testify to the great things He’s done in our lives. Some of us seek Him privately, but then reject Him publicly. If He died for you in public, why would you live your Christian life in private?
“I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.” — Revelation 3:8
As believers, our purpose is to make Jesus famous. Every plan and ambition of ours has to be refined by the Holy Spirit, inspired by Jesus and oriented towards building up His Kingdom here on Earth. If you’re living your faith behind a façade, what are you doing to make Him known?
Don’t get me wrong, authentic faith should be 80% private and 20% public. Yet, everything you do in your private life should pour forth into your public life. What you do in your private life only gets magnified in public. If you’re soaking up the Word of God and God speaks to you in private, share it in public.
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” — Luke 6:45
As believers, the Spirit should flow so much in you that it pours out and quenches the thirst of others who do not know Christ. There's probably someone out there who desperately needs you to lead them to Jesus. Look for opportunities to turn your conversations into spirit-filled conversations.
If someone is struggling with something, you could ask to pray for them. If it's something that you've struggled with in the past, it could be an opportunity to testify to the way God pulled you out of the rut. If they feel lonely, invite them to Church. If they feel insecure, point them to the Word, for there is no better place to know your identity than where you came from - God. They may not be a believer right now, but you can plant the seed for God to cultivate later.
“The apostles returned to Jesus from their ministry tour and told him all they had done and taught. Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.” — Mark 6:30-31
The ministry of the apostles was so fruitful, that they didn’t even have time to eat. Notice how Jesus invites them away from the crowd. This is key because He wanted to fill them up so that they could pour out some more. I guess it’s the same with us, we cannot pour from an empty place. If you want to love others, first you have to let Him love you. If you want to serve others, first you must let Him serve you. We need time alone with Jesus to learn how to minister to others.
Every believer is called to ministry. Whether that’s ministering to those in our lives who either don’t know Christ or who’ve turned away from Him, one conversation could change the course of someone’s life. As believers, our purpose is to win souls for God. Our purpose is not to be people pleasers or let them hear what they want to hear, rather it’s preaching the truth of God and allowing God to convict them.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” — Galatians 1:10
We might be crucified in this life for our beliefs, but that’s a small price to pay for an eternity with Jesus. Not everyone will like you and that’s ok. As a Christian, you have to realise that there is no other option. Jesus is the only option. We can’t keep holding onto the world and also trying to live our lives for Christ. Instead, hold on to the hope that Jesus went before you. If he suffered rejection and persecution back then, expect to share in His suffering when you carry His Cross.
“For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.” — 2 Timothy 4:3-4
The truth often gets rejected. If you feel rejected at times for sharing your faith, you're doing something right. We live in a society that rejects Jesus and puts their hope in new phenomena such as the universe or the law of attraction, for they miss something greater than the universe. They fail to see that there is an uncreated Creator who wants intimacy with His Creation.
We live in a society that is seeking love, happiness, peace and purpose. But guess what, the first three Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy and peace, for that is who God is. If you're seeking purpose, God has already given you one. If you're loving others and pointing them to Jesus then you’re fulfilling your purpose.
Jesus is absolutely everything someone could possibly want. We don't realise it but what we're often searching for is God and yet, we miss the revelation because we're either searching for love and happiness on social media and in worldly things and the reality is we keep desiring for something more than what they can offer us. Nothing will satisfy us other than Jesus Christ, so it's time we make Him known to a generation who is out there seeking something they cannot seem to find...
• Are you willing to lay down your life for the Gospel?
• Are you ready to start building His Kingdom?
• Are you ready to start making Him known to the world?
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