Our church family needs to continually embrace the Big Picture of understanding our need for redemption from our sin and reconciliation with God, as found in the unfolding plan and person of Jesus Christ (Gen. 3:15 cf. Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:23; Gal. 4:3-‐5; Heb. 2:14-‐18; Rev. 20:10). When we look at life through these lenses, navigating each day biblically becomes possible. So what biblical truths do we need to actively engage our minds to drive our habits and behaviors in 2015?
In the previous chapter, we discussed that God created mankind to be worshipers. If you trace our origins and history from Genesis to the present, we all from out of our hearts worship something. Something will always gravitate to the throne of our hearts. Paul Tripp has well said, “Jesus came to break the back of your idolatry. Jesus came to free you from your addiction to the shadow glories of the created world. Start right here, right now by crying out for His help. Admit that you’re magnetized by a whole catalog of god-‐replacements, and ask Jesus to intervene on your behalf.” There are no passive worshippers, only idolaters and God-‐fearers. This means we need to take intentional steps to Reclaim Worshiping.
The next biblical truth we need to actively engage our minds-‐ Reclaim Witnessing in 2015. Witnessing is the outflowing testimony from a worshipper of Jesus Christ. This outflowing testimony is primarily a proclamation; which means Christians share about Jesus and the transformation He brings to humanity through the gospel.
Jesus said, “you will be my witnesses (Acts 1:8).” This is a statement of fact-‐ I am a witness. Christian you need to ask yourself, “What kind of witness for Jesus am I being?”
As Christians, we clearly share the importance of repenting from one’s sins and embracing Jesus Christ, as their Lord and Saviour. A quote I’ve heard far to often that says, “Preach the gospel. If necessary use words.” D.A. Carson states that it would be like telling a news reporter to “Give the news and if necessary use words.” The bible’s primary teaching is that we proclaim the gospel with words. The Bible says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news! (Rm. 10:13-‐15)” The best way you can “love your neighbor as yourself (Mt. 22:39)” is to share Jesus and the gospel clearly. The impact from sharing the gospel touches eternal proportions.
Play the movie of the past 6 months of your life in your mind. How have you used opportunities in your week to tell others about Jesus Christ?
If you struggle with this, I recommend you start with evaluating the quality and the extent of your Worship of Jesus into all the areas of your life. Do you praise Jesus for His redemption from not only the penalty of sin, but also the power of sin’s grip in your life?
How can you make intentional changes today in your daily routines to Reclaim Worshiping? Take action today, and sharing about the transformation Jesus brings in your life will be in your heart and on your lips. The Cross Current is a ministry to help train by example the normalizing of sharing our faith in Jesus. Check out these testimonies of Christians from London-‐ click here http://thecrosscurrent.com/equipping/
In a secondary manner, Christians need to show the compassion of Jesus by their actions, and addressing the tangible needs of others. However, the important thing to remember is that we must always be about sharing the gospel. The Apostle Paul reached out to care for many of the tangible needs of others (Gal. 2:10), but he always prioritized the sharing the good news of Jesus. When Paul had one chance to share or show, he always chose to invest in the proclamation of the gospel, “to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith… (Acts 26:18).” Joni Eareckson Tada tells her testimony of being a quadriplegic, and seeking to understand Jesus’s actions towards both the proclamation of the gospel and the showing of compassion and healing. Invest your time further and listen to her testimony-‐ click here http://youtu.be/NI22o5u32z0
Let us start to navigate the “manageable moments” of 2015 to Reclaim Witnessing for Jesus Christ. Engage in the unapologetic proclamation of Jesus Christ. Share the transformation that comes through repenting of our sins and embracing Jesus Christ by faith, as our Saviour and Lord. This is a practical step in experiencing God in all areas of your life this New Year.