Part Three of Witnessing
How often do you seek desperately to share the love of Christ with another and you want them to know God’s untold blessings?
Maybe it should start with us so we are able to share with them through our “love your neighbor as yourself” the wonders of what God has planned. First, it begins with understanding what Paul is teaching in 1 Cor 2.
God has, “Things that no eye has seen, or ear heard, or mind imagined, are the things God has prepared for those who love him.”
Paul answers what “things” by explaining it is the work of the Holy Spirit who reveals these “things” or the truths about God and His Word which only believers indwelt by the Holy Spirit can access!
Secondly, did you grasp the fact that these are reserved for those who love God?
If we want others to see, we have to live those truths. But, also we need to realize that when you witness to someone who is an unbeliever they are confounded and confused. They don’t love God the way you do. It is as simple as that. Paul goes on:
“The unbeliever does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him. And he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. So take heart when you witness to someone and they look at you “cross-eyed.”
You and I should not be surprised when unbelievers scoff at us or seek to prove us wrong as what happened in my philosophy class. The Jewish professor took me to task. Can you relate? Remember this: They cannot understand. They are blind to the truths of God, and if they remain in their blindness they will soon fall into a ditch along with others who are also blind. We must be the light to the blind, and we do it by loving them as Christ loved us. Remember what Paul said? To the Jew, the message of the cross is offensive and they trip over it because it just doesn’t make sense to their mind. To the Greek, it is ludicrous to think that a man would come to earth, and be born of a virgin, live and die for something he did not do!
God’s plan is higher than ours and His ways are not the ways of men. However, when the Holy Spirit opens their eyes and ears they can see the things God has prepared for them! And we want them to see that! That is the promise; and it is reserved for those God loves—did you grasp that?
Our challenge is to stop and praise God for the “things” that He has revealed to us and live it out practically. We do it because He loves us. We do it because we love them and want them to spend eternity with us. We do it because we have the mind of Christ. We do it because we now can access, discern and appraise what is truth and what is not!
That is the truth of Hebrews 5:14
“But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.”
My question is: Are you feeding upon the meat of the Word so that you can access the Mind of Christ? Are you satisfied by having someone else chew the truth and spit back to you…how gross!
Beloved, you have all that you need and “his divine power has bestowed on us [that is you and me] everything necessary for life and godliness through the rich knowledge of the one who called us by his own glory and excellence.” [2Peter]. Wow! That is a truth to take to the bank.
So today stop and praise God and live like you have the mind of Christ by ministering to others (or as they say WWJD)!