All too often, I hear church folk say things like “my relationship with God is private,” or “I have a personal relationship with Jesus,” or “I go to church, what more does God want from me?” Seriously, these are things I hear, and often when I ask people what they are doing to build the Kingdom of God. Many times, church folks want to wear their title of “Christian” as a medal around their neck, or keep it as a trophy to bring out and display every once and a while, but really, that’s as far as it goes. When it comes to actually sharing Jesus with the lost, many of us balk at the idea.
We need to stop messing around, this is a matter of eternal life or death. Jesus didn’t die to make us safe or comfortable, He died to make us holy. We are, as He stated, the light of the world, a city on a hill. We’re to shine in the darkness for His Name’s sake, leading others to His saving grace through word and action. Anywhere in the world as you’re reading this, about a hundred people die every single minute, 75% of whom do not know Jesus. Our mission is clear! We’re called to show Christ and His love everywhere we go! If we’re saved, it should be apparent, and our life should be so radically different, and His light should shine so bright through us that people will see and give glory to God.
And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sonsa of God.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”