Well, This is the final part of my little series “Five reasons people reject Christ”. Ironically, the final installment is the most difficult to write– because it cuts all of us. It’s also very similar to my first part of why folks reject Jesus. Witnessing Jesus is more than a bunch of words.
Before I go on, let me give you the rundown.
Number 1 reason people don’t accept Christ is how raggedy we live our own lives as Christians. Read if you dare.
Number 2 reason they don’t want any of what we’ve got is they assume they can handle life being strong in their own right. Whatever. Click here to check this one out.
Number 3 is kinda funny. They figure in spite of the fact they live like the devil now, they are saved because they went to church as a kid. Yeah, and I have a bridge to sell ya. Read here (my thoughts…not the bridge. I don’t really have a bridge.) 🙂
Number 4 is hilarious to me! They don’t want Jesus because the pastors want money to keep the lights on. You try going to a church with no heat in the winter. Anyway, here is the link to this one.
So, again, my final thought is very similar to part one. I just couldn’t get it out of my “craw” so to speak. I couldn’t let it go.
What is a Christian witness? It’s “witnessing Jesus”
Being a Christian witness (which is what all this is about anyway) is technically “witnessing Jesus” to a dying soul. You are to be a living, breathing expression (or witness of Jesus). I am too. It’s our job.
After a lot of prayer, I concluded that the final and terribly significant reason people reject Christ comes right back to us. We get in the way.
Say you’re not, but you are.
Years ago, a famous basketball player angered countless people when he denied being a role model.
His success put him in a national and global spotlight. As a result, like it or not, he was a role model to millions regardless of how many times he said he wasn’t.
On earth, just like that basketball player, we are God’s ambassadors. Like it or not. I really am His PR person!
Again, as I mentioned in a previous post, the main reason many people reject Christ is that they do not see victory or power in the lives of Christians.
Our marriages fall apart just as theirs do – and for selfish, silly, egotistical reasons.
Our finances are just as bungled as theirs because we spend just as irresponsibly they.
Many Christians are oppressed and vexed just as severely as the unsaved.
That’s not all: many times we are partying just as hard as they do.
Yo, there’s little to differentiate them from us. So, why would they come to Christ, Christian woman?
How can they be attracted to a God that cannot change Christians’ lives…. much less theirs?
Nobody’s Perfect, but we are still “witnessing Jesus” every day!
Now, to be clear, I’m not saying that Christians should live perfect lives. No way – impossible. We make mistakes…same as everyone else. We’re not exempt from trouble just because we convert to Christianity.
But there has to be a difference…a distinction between our lives and theirs. We ought to struggle through trials completely different from those with no hope.
We must rely on different resources than they do. Instead of the “weed” or brown liquor, we gotta pick up the Bible for soothing relief. When we do, something should be different as a result.
Instead of the bottle, we spend time in prayer until we know that heaven has moved. If we say we serve a God that can renew our minds and give us power to live the fruits of the Spirit, then we must take full advantage of His help. Not only when trouble comes. But, also in everyday life. We’ve got to mature.
Show Them Jesus and His power, Christian lady!
When we make mistakes, we, as Christians, should be the first to say “I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have behaved that way.” Or “Boy, did I make a misstep? Thank God for grace!!! I won’t do that again”. Or say “Wow! That’s not Godly, sorry”.
Always strive to walk in holiness, humility, and be lead by the Holy Spirit of God.
People don’t need perfection to be attracted to Christianity, but they need a standard. They need to see the power of God in our lives so much that they want it for themselves.
They need to see power over fornication (sex outside marriage), power over hopelessness, and power over drugs and alcohol.
They need to see power over moodiness, jealousy, and insecurity. Hey, they need to see power over being a self-righteous church member.
How about the power to walk away when we’re mistreated?
What about the power to love your spouse when he’s unlovable? They yearn to see the power of Jesus Christ in our lives. They want to know there is “another way.” Witnessing Jesus is the other way!
Where Do We Get That Power?
Praying regularly [and for a period of time]will give us the power we need to apply the Word of God to our lives. Praying on the “go” is fine; the Bible says we should pray without ceasing. How do we do it? We pray all of the time. But that cannot be the only time we spend with the Lord. If it is, our faith walk, our “witnessing Jesus” will be weak and feeble.
In order to walk in complete victory and close fellowship with Jesus Christ, we must invest our spiritual resources into quality time with Him every day. Jesus said that God’s Word is His bread. It’s ours too. Without bread, we become weak Christians.
Make a habit of feasting with God and you’re strength and loving-kindness will draw others to Him! No doubt and your crucify the infamous myth of the wacko Christian.
Help all of us. What other reasons do people reject Christ?
‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4