Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NASB “Face Up!“
“ . . . but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who examines our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 NASB
There was a Christian rock group years ago that sang a song about being “God pleasers” and not being “men pleasers.” They laid it right out on the line. They didn’t pull any punches. Blam! Crash! There it was. Don’t be a man pleaser, be a God pleaser. Perhaps that’s the way to communicate it. Right in our face. Why?
Well, why don’t we “witness” to Christ more? What stops us? Is it because we are “men pleasers”? We are afraid of what people think of us? I think so. We are more afraid of losing “face” than we are concerned about pleasing God. Sad but true.
One way around the problem is J. Vernon McGee’s method. He says we should pray for an opening in a conversation. See if the other person we’re talking to asks a question or shares something about their struggle with finding God. That’s not a bad way to approach things. Certainly, we don’t want to “buttonhole’ people and wrestle them to the ground to make them hear the Roman Road or a gospel presentation.
Charles Stanley actually advises giving the gospel to someone if we are depressed because it will cheer us up! But don’t wait to be depressed.
“Face up” to your fears and pray for an opportunity to share Jesus with someone today.
If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30: 19)!
I used to compare giving the gospel to being a running back like O.J. Simpson. Well, then I had to come up with another running back. Emmitt Smith? Walter Payton? Ottis Anderson? You choose. How is giving the gospel like being a running back? The best running back will tell you they are successful because of their offensive line opening up holes for them to run through. God is our offensive line. He will open up holes in conversation for us to run through. But we have to be listening and looking for the opening.
We might only be able to mention the name Jesus. That might be too dangerous in some instances. Maybe we can only mention something like “Bible” or “Church” and then go from there. Maybe there isn’t an opening. Maybe we can just pray. That might be enough. But are we even looking for holes in the line and praying for others? The time is short. This is not a time to be irresponsible with the great treasure God has given us.
The purpose of Choose Life is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog: Can You Take This Call?