18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
This is a crucial time with Christians because the world is waxing wicked and evil. However, with this fact before us, there is a segment of Christians who are looking for Christian-fame. There is too much work for Christians to do for Christ than to think about becoming “superstars” among Christians.
Recently, I overheard a conversation between several Christians, professing their faith in Christ but with a tagline. “I know God called me to minister to thousands. ” They were in agreement that they all had the same revelation.
Now, this wasn’t the first time I had heard other believers professing that God has put in their heart to move forth and preach the gospel. That’s a good thing. What is not a good thing is that those who are called are not called for merely to preach the gospel to those who already believe in salvation through Christ. Nonetheless, the message is for sinners who don’t know or believe.
Funny as it might sound, but all Christians are commanded to go out into all the world and share the gospel. Therefore, expressing this selfish revelation as if somehow, God only selected a few to spread the gospel, they are indeed possibly, treading hollow ground and if one is not careful, you might just find yourself falling in that very hole of piety and arrogance.
In the Book of Mark, Chapter 2, Jesus sat and ate at Levi’s house with many publicans and sinners. The religious leaders were miffed that Christ would be sitting among those they thought were the least among them. Jesus answer to the scribes and Pharisees and He told them this…” They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
One of my life lessons I had to learn took placed nine years ago. I was asked to teacher Bible Study at noon day at our church. Needless to say, I thought myself not worthy and prepared (so I thought), to take on this challenge.
Of course, the voice in my head kept trying to discourage me by saying things to me like, “who do you think you are teaching someone about the Bible? ” I found myself in a panic. I felt insecure and doubted my ability to even stand before church members who I knew were well seasoned in life and in the Word. Despite all my doubts and fears, God showed me that He couldn’t use me unless I relied on Him and Him only. And I did and I still do to this day.
Anyway, the Noonday Bible Study is very small and one day, only one member showed up. I remember saying to this woman of God. “well, looks like I am going to have to cancel Bible Study today. ” Her immediate response to me was, “why? I’m here. ”
That was the day that changed my whole perspective concerning “how many” get to hear the Word of God. My prayer is that I will not forget that “one” who is prepared to hear is also worthy to be blessed with knowing about Jesus Christ.
This brings me back to the title of this piece. Who Are Christians Preaching Too?
Every Christian who believes in Jesus needs to ask oneself, who and what are they are representing. Do you see yourself being a Christian only to see your name in lights? Your face on book covers? Your voice transmitting over the airwaves. And having an entourage following “you” and not Christ?
Who are Christians preaching too if not the lost, blind, poor, needy…the sinner!
There is much work to do for Christ, but if we as Christians only want to see the “limelight” on ourselves and not Christ, we will never draw in the thousands…and the thousands start, one-by-one.
In Him Alone
The Counterfeit Christian