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Overcoming Results Driven Christianity
Before Christmas I had experienced difficulties in regards to people struggling in their faith. As a result I felt discouraged, and struggled with the motivation to share my faith. Asking myself, what is the point?
I know sharing the good news is the right thing to do, but struggled when I see people turning their backs on God, or when people are apathetic towards the truth.
God however spoke in the storm and gave me what I really needed. Was helped when reading Jeremiah, when I came across his struggle about sharing God’s Word:
“So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, I will not mention him or speak any more in his name, his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot” (Jeremiah 21:8b-9).
Jeremiah was suffering as a result of sharing God’s Word, and he said this was happening all day long. It no doubt felt worse than pointless, because he was actually suffering negative consequences.
He then states what I have recently asked myself, should I “even mention him” (God)? If the outcome is only apathy or worse still, negative, should I even bother?
Jeremiah points out that he has no choice because God’s Word (in our case is good news, not a warning) burns in his bones. In other words, he simply needs to speak up, regardless of consequences.
So, we should speak up regardless of consequences, but this is easier said than done. How can we grow in preaching the Word in all seasons (2 Timothy 4:2), regardless of how it is received?
Today I was in the pharmacy gathering antibiotics for a sinus infection. The dispenser (pharmacist) gave out my meds in the hope that they will help me. He cannot control if they do or not and their are many variables which could prevent them from working e.g. don’t finish dose, poor diet, inconsistent, drink alcohol, poor sleep.
I believe as disciples we should be like the dispensers here, dispensing good news to whoever will listen. The response to this is completely outside of our control, and even if no one gets better or wants to listen, we still keep offering what we believe is good news.
The dispensed tablets may cease to be useful or effective, but God’s message of reconciliation with mankind, will thankfully always be good news.
Hope this has helped us, it certainly helped me.
Please like, share or comment on how you feel you deal with the world’s apathy or when you see people drfitng from God.