What are you waiting for?
There seems to be people in our churches that are afraid to move. People know the Great Commission but they will not engage others in conversation. Failure to follow the commandments of Jesus is disobedience.
Any excuse you have for not following Jesus is your way of saying that you doubt the power of Jesus and the gospel. When has God ever failed you? When has God ever lied to you? When has God ever broken one of His promises? The answer to all of these questions is…never.
Jesus has called the disciple to follow where He leads, abide in Him, love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself, renounce all things and consider them trash for the sole purpose of knowing Him, and take up your cross; dying to yourself everyday and conform more to His image.
I believe there are two obstacles that hold people back.
- People do not know who Jesus is. They may know He was born in a manger, was the greatest teacher who ever lived, did many miracles, died on a cross, and rose from the dead. However, just because you know facts about Jesus does not mean that you truly know Jesus. Paul writes in Ephesians 1 that he prays that God would give all believers the spirit of wisdom and a revelation of who Jesus is. There has to be a realization that the gospel is more than just the means of salvation, it is also for everyday life. Without the grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father, there would be no way that you could truly navigate through this life. As more about Jesus is revealed to us, the more the scales fall from our eyes. You will only serve Jesus to the degree that you know Him.
- People are waiting for permission. It is not just the pastor’s job to live as a missionary in the community and engage people with the gospel of Jesus. You are a member of a church not to be served but to be equipped for the work of the ministry. In other words, the church does not exist to serve you. The pastor leads the flock to pasture but he can not force them to eat. They must learn to feed themselves. The pastor was not given to the church for the sake of babysitting you or holding your hand. It is not the pastor’s responsibility to micro manage you and make sure that you are living out Scripture and following Christ with every breath you have.
You have been given the responsibility of sharing the gospel, sharing your story, sharing about Jesus. Jesus has given you the authority to go and make disciples. You have the authority of Jesus to pour into people and push them towards Him. The same Holy Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. You have been empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry out the works that God has given you to accomplish.
The only thing stopping you from being obedient to Jesus is…You.
With the authority of Jesus, the empowering of the Holy Spirit and the equipping of the church….
You do not need permission.
It is time to get off the couch and get to work. Let’s do this.