DayBreaks for 5/30/19: Love or Hate?
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2009:
How many times has someone spoken to you about a “loved one” that they are fearful are not believers? Almost certainly, you have loved ones yourself that are not disciples of Jesus. And it seems that when that is the case, many times the believers in their lives are afraid to say anything to their friends about their spiritual condition. That may be just due to not really knowing how to tell someone about Jesus, but I think that more often than not, there’s another reason. To tell someone about Jesus isn’t complex: just tell them what Jesus has done for you. You don’t have to make erroneous claims such as “I’ve never been tempted by sin again after I became a disciple,” or “Everything has been great since I became a Christian.” Please don’t say such things: they identify you right away as a liar. Be honest about your sin, be honest about your present struggles and how hard it is to live a Christian life, but tell them about the peace and joy and love and hope that has taken over your heart because of HIS goodness, and HIS promises…not your goodness or perfection.
Sometimes God has used unbelievers to make some of the most significant statements about faith and people of faith that I’ve ever read. Take Nebuchadnezzar, for one, Darius for another. Even the demons make amazing statements: “I know who Jesus is, but who are you?” They know, all right. And even they call Jesus “Lord”.
I recently ran across this statement by Penn Jillette, who is not only an atheist, but a foul-mouthed comedian to boot. But this is worth reading because perhaps it shows us that perhaps our fears of telling someone about Jesus need to be replaced by something else: a recognition that failure to tell them about Jesus shows that we really don’t love them very much at all.
“Atheist Penn Jillette is one half of Penn and Teller, a duo that has been headlining Vegas shows for years with comedy and the art of illusion. Penn has never been shy about his disbelief in God, often writing about his conviction in articles and best-selling books. Yet in an on-line video blog that can be found on YouTube, Penn shares a story about the time a gracious Christian businessman gave him a Bible as a gift. Penn goes on to use the story as an opportunity to point out that Christians who don’t evangelize must really hate people. Here’s the direct quote from his video blog:
“I’ve always said, you know, that I don’t respect people who do not proselytize. I don’t respect that at all. If you believe that there’s a heaven and hell, and people could be going to hell or not getting eternal life or whatever, and you think that, uh, well, it’s not really worth telling them this because it would make it socially awkward—and atheists who think that people shouldn’t proselytize, [saying] “Just leave me alone and keep your religion to yourself”—uh, how much do you have to hate somebody to not proselytize them? How much do you have to hate somebody to believe that everlasting life is possible and not tell them that? I mean, if I believed beyond the shadow of a doubt that a truck was coming to hit you, and you didn’t believe it, and that truck was bearing down on you, there’s a certain point where I tackle you. And this is more important than that.” – Bill White, Paramount, California; source: “Penn Says: A Gift of a Bible,” YouTube.com
More important, indeed. Let’s get our perspective right and start to tell people about Jesus!
Prayer: Oh, Father, we invite your Spirit to search our hearts and to convict us of our great need to share Jesus with those we know and love – in fact, with everyone we possibly can! Let our hearts burn hot with enough love that we will tell the truth and entrust the results to You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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