So many times in life I think we like to
complicate things, but keeping things simple is probably the best
way to go. Jesus didn’t give Matthew a whole lot of theology or
philosophy here. He just simply said to come and follow Him. Join
Him. Become His attendant. Do what He does. Stand for what He stands
for. Follow what He says. Shouldn’t that be where all of us should
be in life? Do we follow Him? Or are we doing things in life that we
want God to bless? Have we turned the question around and are
saying, “Jesus come follow me and I hope you approve of what I am
going to be doing?” Who is doing the leading in your life? Do the
programs at your church accomplish what the Lord has set out in the
Bible? Is the youth group at your church helping people grow closer
to the Lord or is it just for entertainment purposes? I think far
too many times, because of our pride, we are trying to grab the hand
of the Son of God and want Him to come and follow us.
doesn’t ask us just to watch Him, but to obey Him. How many of us
have turned into spectators when it comes to Christianity? We watch
others but we are not doers ourselves. What if you were a football
player and practiced all week, but you didn’t get to play in the
game on Friday night? Would that be okay with you? If you have any
competitive juices in you, you desperately want to be in that game
making a difference. But that is how we play Christianity. We go to
church, attend Bible study, and read all the new books, but are we
in the game making a difference and reaching the lost?
beauty is that you get to decide if that is what you want to do, and
you can do something about it today. What if the ticket to get into
church next Sunday was that you had impacted the life of a lost
person during the week to bring them closer to a relationship with
Jesus Christ? I wonder how empty our churches would be on Sunday.
How many of us watched fireworks on July 4th, but are not getting
people ready for the light show that will take place before the
throne of God one day (Rev. 4:2–5)?
I was on a radio show
today, and I mentioned to the host that a group of us recently went
down to the gay and lesbian festival here in Atlanta to go
witnessing. He couldn’t believe we really went down there. So who
are you hanging out with—the righteous or the sinners? And I don’t
mean who you determine to be “righteous” or “sinners,” but who God
does. Could the Pharisees today accuse you of hanging with the
“wrong” crowd in their eyes? Isn’t it nice to know that it is only
God’s eyes that count?
We took a video camera to the
festival to do on-the-street interviews. I think we have some great
footage. Please pray as we make it into a DVD, which many people
have been asking for to get more pointers on how to share their
faith. One of the guys I talked with thanked me for being so
professional in how I shared my faith. What he meant was that I
didn’t shove it down his throat. He told me that he didn’t like
Christians for the most part. After the interview, he said he had
wanted to ask those questions of Christians for a long, long time.
Amazing. You will be amazed as you get out of your comfort zone that
so many times the “sinners” are often nicer to you than the
I was at the Christian Booksellers Association
(CBA) convention this past week in Atlanta signing books. I have
also been doing some radio interviews now that the book is in
bookstores. So please pray that the Lord will have me on the right
shows and that the right people will be listening at the right time
to be encouraged and challenged.
I got a call recently from
an associate pastor who goes to other countries to preach. He got my
book at Goodwill. (Who is donating my book to Goodwill?!) He said
that he has over 2,000 Christian books in his garage that he has
read. But when he read my book, he had to call me. It stoked a fire
of passion in him to reach the lost that he said all of us believers
should have. Please pray that we can get some books into the
countries where he will be preaching so more believers will be
encouraged to share their faith.
As we have celebrated July
4th, you need to understand that we are losing our freedoms here in
America. But remember that you are always free in Jesus Christ. Make
sure He has set you free and that you use that freedom correctly.
Until the nets are full,