Archive for the ‘We Have No Excuse’ Category

First off, I want to ask you guys, and myself, WHAT KIND OF AN EXCUSE IS THAT? To me, it seems as though it’s scrapping the bottom of the barrel. It is the last resort, the final desperate attempt to get out of doing what God has called each and every one of us to do! Kinda reminds me of when Moses wasHow then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?And how are they to hear without someone preaching? called by God and he finally just says, “catcha send someone else God?”

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? -Romans 10:14 (ESV)

It is not really our place to worry about whether someone is listening when yoiu witness to them. That’s between them and God. But if we do not share the Gospel and do not fulfill God’s call to do so, then we are in sin. So here, it’s not a matter of the other person hearing, it’s a matter of me obeying. Cause you know what? Even if they don’t listen, then we can go in peace knowing we obeyed God’s command. And what is they do hear?  Because personally I think THAT is the question we should ask ourselves. What if they are willing to listen, yet they are not willing to share?

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I was really struggling with this one when I was filling out club applications earlier this school year. At least on of these applications asked for my personal testimony. I was really struggling with what to say, because, having been saved at an early age, and growing up in a Christian home, I have always felt a little self conscious about my testimony. Why? I suppose it has something to do with not wanting to come off as “holier-than-thou” just because I have been saved for about as long as I can remember. When I explained all of this to my mom, she told me I just needed to think of it in a different way. I needed to think of it as “hey guys, look at what God has done in my life.” And you know what, we can boast in that, because we’re boasting about what God has done, not about what man has done.

Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.” -Jeremiah 9:23-24 (ESV)

We should never be afraid of giving our testimony, no matter what the reason is. Now, do understand that there are ways that you can give your testimony in a self-righteous manner. The ley is to give it from a humble heart and make sure that the glory goes to God.

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“Everyone I know already goes to Church.” Also known as the “I’m homeschooled and see like three people on a regular week who I’m not related to and don’t go to church with, but they still go to a church” and the “I live in the Bible-belt, everyone claims a church” excuse. Ok, let’s just suppose that every one you know really does go to church, on a regular basis. Would someone please explain to me what part of “goes to church” equals “is a born-again believer”? Because honestly, we make that assumption a lot. And it’s not true. You can go to church and even say you are a Christian, but you really don’t believe. You see my point? There are people all around us who aren’t Christians, and we may not even know it. That being said, I very seriously doubt that EVERYONE you know goes to church. I know, this was my excuse for a LONG time (the homeschool version) and then I realized, “hey, I know people who don’t even claim to be Christians, I RELATED to them!” Now understand that there are people who think 1) Being an American citizen equals being a Christian 2) Living in the South equals being a Christian 3) going to church when a child equals being a Christian even though they don’t attend anymore. I could go on. These people aren’t really Christians, but they will tell you that they are, sometimes just to make you be quiet and leave them alone. My point in saying all this that we cannot see the heart, we don’t know what a person really believes, so if you feel led to witness to someone, do so, even if you think that they are a Christian.

He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. And the servants  of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’” -Matthew 13:24-30 (ESV)

Jesus actually tells us that there will be people among us, in the Church, that are not of us! We can’t tell the differnce! He uses the example of wheat, now I have never seen wheat grow nor the weeds that look like wheat. But I have watched corn grow. And there are these weeds that look exactly like the young corn plants, and you CANNOT tell the difference. So even if someone goes to church and claims to be a Christian, are they reall? How do we know for certain? Because they can know all the right answers and do all the right things and look like they really are a Christian, but if their heart is not right, then they are lost. So witness to those around you, even if they all go to Church, cause you cannot see their hearts. Don’t take for granted that someone is a believer, especially if you feel God calling you to witness to that person.

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This excuse can actually take several different forms, but the main jist of all of them is that we don’t like talking to people, or think that we can’t convey things that well. Now then, who do we know who used this excuse in the Bible? Hmmm…..

But Moses said to the Lord, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” -Exodus 4:10-12 (ESV)

God called Moses to go into Egypt and bring the Isrealites up into the Promised Land, but Moses was full of excuses! The one about not speaking eloquently is probably the most well-known, perhaps because we identify the most with it. If you read all of Exodus 4 (which I highly recmmend that you do), you will see that God shot down every excuse, until finally He left Moses with no excuse. God makes a very goo point here in verses 10-12. He made our mouths and tongues, won’t He be able to help us speak fluently when the time comes? This excuse really does seem ironic though, I mean, who doesn’t like to talk? But honestly it is one I understand all to well. I am not very assertive, at least not around people I don’t know, I hope and pray that I’m getting better, but this is still a big problem for me. On the other hand, I love speaking competitions, and my mom has always given me a hard time because I hate to speak to the judges but I will give my speech with confidence. Don’t ask me why, but I hate talking to people personally. I have to really trust God just to say “hi” to someone I don’t know. My point here being, that this excuse can look a little bit differently for everyone. Maybe you’re shy, our you don’t think you’ll know what to say, or that what you say won’t make sense. But you know what guys and gals? If you are really meant to witness to someone, God will give you the words to say. We have to trust Him to guide us and give us the strength to witness to someone. And believe me, that can me really hard to do.

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Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “DO not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afriad of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” -Jeremiah 1:6-8 (ESV)

Teens in our society seem to think that their opinions don’t really matter, but in fact, teens are becoming the deciding factor in our culture. Yet somehow I find myself listening to the lie that because of my youth, what I have to say doesn’t really matter. This often comes up in sharing the gospel, or giving my opinion in Bible study. Now before I go any farther I want you to understand that yes, adults who have been Christians for a long time will likely have a better understanding of things because they have had more  experience. That being said, I have been told by several people that it is refreshing to hear what teens have to say about the Scriptures. Now then, as to sharing the Gospel, I cannot tell ytou how many times I have heard it said that Christianity is an “old people religion.” The world needs to see some young people who are  absolutely on fire for God. Personally I think there are people out there who would be more responsive to the Gospel if they heard it from a young person. Also, we have our own generation to consider. While I personally have a very good, or at least I hope I do, relationship with the adults in my life, not all teens are so lucky. Because of that, they are less likely to want to listen to the Gospel from an adult. We have a responsibility to our peers to bear the light of God’s Word in our lives, our words and our actions.

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And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” -Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

The Great Commission, if you’ve been in church very long, chances are you’ve heard this passage often. But what does it mean? The most obvious point and the one I want to deal with today is that we are called to share the gospel. (And for the record, ALL nations includes our own.) However, being the sinful creatures that we are, we will come up with almost every excuse imagineable to get out of something we don’t want to do. Unfortunately, we often don’t want to share the Gospel. This week I would like to share with you five excuses I have personally used and heard others use and what the Scripture has to say about them, because honestly we have no excuse not to obey God’s command to tell the world.

Five Excuses Not to Share the Gospel:

  • I’m to young, they won’t listen to me.
  • I can’t talk to people that well
  • Everyone I know already goes to church.
  • I don’t like giving my testimony, it eels like bragging.
  • What if they don’t listen?

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