How many of us have tried to use our “hammer” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? But…
Many of us have used a hammer at one time or another. We may have just tapped a small nail into the wall to hang a picture or some have actually used their hammer in building sky scraper buildings.
My pastor brought up a very interesting topic one Wednesday night. The question he raised got me to thinking about something I hadn’t really thought about. For me it’s a no-brainer to believe what God’s Word says. That doesn’t mean I understand it all by any means. But what if I’m talking to someone and they don’t believe in God or the Bible?
In my post, “Once upon a time…No fairy tale here” I tell how my wrath would explode if people talked to me about God.
So many times we followers of Christ want to hammer our beliefs into someone’s head. Does it work? Not usually! Personally, now that the Lord has lifted me out of darkness, I don’t know how anyone can not believe in our heavenly Father or His Son, Jesus Christ. I’m sure there are many reasons people use.
Romans 1:18-20 says no-one has an excuse to not believe!
“But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful,
wicked people who push the truth away from themselves.
For the truth about God is known to them instinctively.
God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time
the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky
and all that God made. They can clearly see His invisible
qualities-His eternal power and divine nature. So they have
no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God.” *
I know that scripture may be accepted and it may not be. Your choice.
At times we Christians may feel like we’re in a bed of thorns. The Lord told Ezekiel to go to the Israelites even though they were rebellious, obstinate, stubborn, and rebelled against God. He also told him not to be afraid. (Ez.2)
So what do those of us Christ followers do when we encounter those who do not believe?
First – we must be living the life that Christ wants us to. Actions speak louder than words!
Secondly – using our “spiritual hammer” isn’t going to work. Our testimonies are more effective. People that knew me before I asked Christ into my life can clearly see the difference in my life style, my words, and my actions.
Thirdly, like the Lord told Ezekiel, “You must speak My words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen.” But He also said in Matt. 10:14, “And whoever will not receive you nor hear your words, when you depart from that house or city, shake off the very dust from your feet.”
You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink.
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Colossians 1:16
*Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996. (emphasis mine)
Author Sue Cass –“Dawn’s Light” – “Pursuit” – “Laying Down my Net-A Walk of Faith” – “Sacrifices of a Saint” – “Seek My face.”
Blessings to you 🙂