Where I work, certain tasks and skills have to be demonstrated on a regular basis to ensure that I am "qualified" to do the job. As Christians, we are called to share the gospel to ALL nations and make disciples with ALL nations.
Are we even qualified?
The other day, as the Reaching Team was brain-storming with a few members of the staff, a very sobering thought came to me, "How are we to share the Gospel with a world at play, with no apparent regard for spiritual matters? Do people really believe there is no eternal consequence for how we live our lives?"
Hebrews 9:27 says: "Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment." Romans 3:23 says: "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.")
At the end of our meeting, we closed by posing the question: “If you had one week before judgment day, where would you go to reach the most people, and what would you say (or do) to convince them that Christ is the only way to salvation?"
On my way home, as I pondered the aforementioned question, another question entered my mind, “How can we ever be qualified or competent enough to tell other people about God's truth?”
C.H. Spurgeon, one of the great pastors of the times, was once asked how to defend the Bible. He answered, "You don't defend the Bible any more than you would a roaring lion. Just open the cage and let it out."
So how do we "let the lion out"? By quoting the Word of God -- it needs no defense. It's not necessary to be a Bible expert or know the answer to every possible question. Just live by Paul's example and speak its truth. And at the same time -- let Jesus take Lordship and control over your life. It's how God gets done what He intends (Philippians 2:13: "For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.")
One of the ways to get “in” to the Scripture, is to find a partner and challenge yourself to study certain specific portions. For example, try 21 chapters in 21 days (John’s Gospel) or 31 chapters in 31 days (Proverbs), etc. The important thing is to find a partner, make the commitment, stick to it, and make them stick to it. Oh, and ask God to use you the way he used the Apostle Paul to reach His lost sheep.
Till Next Time
In Christ’s Love