Sunday, January 19, 2014
Do You Believe? Then Prove It?
Do You Believe? Then Prove it.
Today, we are talking life...Simplified. Do you ever wonder why some people seem to be more successful than others? Do you ever stop and think, "That guy sure is good at selling"? or "She seems to be really good at making friends"? Or perhaps you have a friend who it seems is really good in business. What about this, have you ever seen people, or known someone who is really good at witnessing? Maybe, you've thought to yourself, "How do I tell others?" or "What should I say?". Maybe you find yourself wondering how to share the gospel.
I'm gonna make it really simple for you this morning.
A person's commitment level (to anything) is a direct correlation to their level of belief.
I will give you a simple example. We've all seen a good movie, or been to a good restaurant and quickly thereafter, shared with a friend what a wonderful meal we had, or how great the movie was, right? So our level of belief in the product (the movie, or meal) was high, so we were able to easily share this with a friend. Easy, right?
Now let's take it up a notch...
Same scenario, but now we are in a room with some of the best chef's in town, or the best movie critics of all time...Now we are a little nervous about sharing the good news of the great hamburger we had at the Greasy Spoon...What happened? Our level of belief in the product was still high. I mean that was A GREAT BURGER! It's simple...While our level of belief in the product was high, our level of belief in ourselves went down. Therefore, in direct correlation, our commitment to share went down as well.
It's the same with sharing the gospel...Remember, our level of commitment is a direct correlation to our level of belief. Do you believe in Jesus? Then prove it. How many people have we shared the gospel with this week, this month, this year?
So I ask you this, "Do you believe that Jesus is who He claimed to be? Do you believe that Jesus can do what He said He could do (Save you from your sins)? Have you called upon Him to do so?" Great! Belief level high, right!
So here's the problem...It's not our belief in Jesus, in most cases, that's the problem with our lack of sharing the gospel...It's our belief in ourselves...just like the silly example of sharing the movie review with the world renown movie critics...suddenly we have more belief that they know more about what we are talking about than we do...
So...We need to work on us...you need to work on you...I need to work on me, and so forth...
Your mission this week, should you choose to accept it is...
1. DAILY study the scriptures known as the Romans Road...Rom. 3:10, 3:23, 5:8, 5:12, 6:23, 10:9-13
2. DAILY Read OUT LOUD the verses (you'll have to find them) where God tells us that we "are fearfully and wonderfully made", and that "God is no repector of persons", and that we are "Joint heirs with Christ", "Children of the King", and that "no weapon formed against you shall prosper", and finally that "you can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth you"...We have to build your belief in you!
3. Practice...Out Loud as your driving in your car go through scenarios of you sharing Christ with someone else...in other words, put it in the forefront of your mind.
4. Lastly, pray, that God would build your belief in yourself and give you the confidence to know that you are worthy, that you are more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus.
Remember, your belief level is a direct correlation to your level of commitment as well...The greater your commitment becomes, the greater your belief will become as well!
Now go forth and share the amazing story of the Christ who died for you!