Sorry for the silence for a while. There has been much to think about and much to pray about lately. With some addition of alone time this past week and the addition of some quiet time this week rocking Abi’s teething, tired body, I thought I’d share some mid-thoughts.
A few weeks ago our Sunday School class spoke on hindrances that we personally have in sharing the Gospel with those we care deeply about. I was thankful for the honesty and the grace amongst the group as a few shared their hearts.
Sharing the Gospel can seem so formal sometimes and even unnatural in feeling at times. Some could venture to state that the Spirit is not leading if the situation feels awkward. But so much of the situation feeling awkward could be in your own mind as well. Sure there is the feeling of rejection that adds a bitter taste sometimes. But it is such a tricky piece of life because while we don’t intend to walk on eggshells in our world, we also want to be careful not to tromp around with spikes on our boots.
Maybe I can explain it better like this:
When Jesus is everything to you… When Jesus is the air you breath…
When Jesus consumes your thoughts, your heart, your intentions…
Are you then sharing the Gospel or just living?
See how can I keep from wanting to share Him? He’s my best friend. Of course I want you to meet Him. He changes everything. He makes the hurts livable. He makes the trials bearable. He makes hope from devastation. He is Life to the full!
Not everyone is ready to accept Him. Not everyone is ready to have faith like a child. And according the Word, not everyone will accept Him. But everyone will hear.
I’ve been listening to this song while rocking my littlest through her teething needs. “The Gentle Healer” by Selah. It’s a cover of the song done many years prior. But I include it here for a few reasons: I like about the song that it is written from the position of an outsider trying to rationalize and understand who Christ says He is and proves Himself to be. And yet at the end of the song the singer is not converted. Many Christian songs end in conversion, yet few continue in their state of lose ends. It’s important not to get discouraged as a believer… it’s all a process for each of us. And while we have the Answer to Life beating in our hearts, Christ is certainly not to be taken lightly. I enjoy how in this song it ends with “some folks who followed Him, they say that the Gentle Healer is the Truth, the Life, the Way.”
At some point it must be us making the decision if the Gentle Healer is our Truth, our Life and our Way. Only we can make that decision. And there are consequences on both sides of that choice.
Yet the journey to that choice is just that… a journey and our jobs as Christians are to come alongside of the walker and disciple them to the choice of Jesus. It is the walker’s choice, but our Master has made it more than clear that He is a Gentle Healer, gently healing our hearts to salvation should we chose to have faith in His ability to Heal us.
– just some thoughts rattling about in my head.