Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What is your job as a believer?

What is your job as a believer? Is it to convert people? Is it to "create disciples"? One thing which disturbs me about the Christian ethos (which I'm slowly but surely disentangling myself from) is the concept that as believers in the Messiah (Jesus/Yeshua) it is somehow our responsibility to go into the world and make disciples. As though God needs us to do this for Him?

Obviously, God wants us to be a light to the nations and to share the Gospel. But we cannot make anyone anything. Only the LORD can do this, in His own way, in His own time. Our duty is to share the Gospel, our faith, and what makes us who we are (loved by the Father Almighty and redeemed by our Messiah). But Christendom makes people anxious and self-important share-monsters who want to try and force something on people. When I see people engaged in this it makes me cringe.

This is not the way.

Messiah gives us an example of how to share knowledge of the One True God when He talks with the woman at the well. He doesn't beat her over the head with it, He talks with her about it. This should be our blueprint. And there are numerous examples in the Book of Acts.

Conversely, where do we find anyone forcing something on someone else? I'm not talking about debate and discussion, for those are healthy. But where do you find the apostles going out into the world feeling that it is their duty to get people to believe? Instead, you see people who are filled with God's Spirit, sharing the good news and living their lives in such a way that people are drawn to them. 

From there, God takes over.

If you do nothing else, in a moment where you may share, share that God is with us.

God is with us.
You are not alone.
He loves you.