AFM Ministry's David Shelton

David's Life applications of God, his Word and his calling

Month: October, 2013

You and I are so blessed!

God planned long ago to choose you by making you his holy people, which is the Spirit’s work. God wanted you to obey him and to be made clean by the blood of the death of Jesus Christ. Grace and peace be yours more and more. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In God’s great mercy he has caused us to be born again into a living hope, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. – 1 Peter 1:2-3 NCV

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  I like the way the New Century Version (NCV) expounds the thoughts into modern English and brings new light to me on even some of the most overlooked of verses such as Peter’s greeting here at the start of his letters. While I don’t recommend this English translation as a primary study Bible, because it’s dynamic translation method is leans a bit too far off the literal and becomes more of a paraphrase than a translation, in association with a good more literal translation like the ESV, NKJV, or NASB it works very nicely to help me see truths spoken that I may have for years simply skimmed over. This is one. Just look at the way it was written compared to the ESV, which is more literal.

1 Peter 1:2-3 ESV

“according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.   Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,”

What the NCV has done is reduce down more complex Biblical terms like Foreknowledge of God, and Sanctification of the Spirit, and translated them into everday English at a more elementary level.   “Dumbed it down” to a 5th grade reading level .I think the New Living Bible does likewise. But don’t take offense at that, even for us more educated or well read, if still is useful if you will be humble. 
Yes it is more accurate and correct to use the terms of the ESV, but if a translation is using words and terms that have little common day usage, then the meanings often escape us, unless we sit down and take the time to dissect them ourselves. So for everyday casual reading and even in Bible study it can be a very helpful thing to read a “dumbed down” version of English translation which uses less of the “big” words so that we don’t miss the message being conveyed. But in study, do this with both a more dynamic dumbed down version and a more literal and accurate version. After all, no translation is perfect, and the point is for us to get the truths of what God wants us to know and apply to our lives.  We shouldn’t let pride get in our way to not use a Good News Bible or New Century Version or New Living or BBE, just because we are more educated and a 5 th grade reading level is beneath us. Sometimes the simpler things speak louder than the complex. Buy yourself a simpler every day version of the Bible also. Use multiple translations, and where you may see discrepancies of thought in a translation over a more accurate one, go online and look up a interlinear Lexicon like http://www.scripture4all.org/OnlineInterlinear/Greek_Index.htm that shows you the original Greek words, transliterations and English meanings. This makes for great and fun Bible study, and along the way you gain deeper knowledge of Gods truths and more clarirty of his will and purpose for your daily life.
In conclusion, we who read and speak English are so immensely blessed to have so many great translations and paraphrases of the Bible from which to choose and read. And today all you need is a smartphone and YouVersion Bible app to cross study various translations with no extra cost. But if able, buy a couple different translations of print versions also. There’s still nothing like reading and studying your Bible in paper print media and it never requires  battery power and is not as complex to highlight or make margin notes. 🙂

Bible study should be the delight of every true Christians soul. Sweeter than honey on our lips. Let us utilize all our vast blessings to be children who really know our Heavenly Father and Jesus our Savior, through his Spirit inspired Word.

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Purity only found in Christ

Just think how much more the blood of Christ will purify our consciences from sinful deeds so that we can worship the living God. For by the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins.
– Heb 9:14

 

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Without trusting in Christ for your cleansing and purification, you would be too unworthy to even say a praise of Adoration to God, much less expect a prayer to be heard and acted upon by the Holy Creator God. Seek Jesus Christ as the very Son of God, and his salvation offered by his pure holy blood shed in love for you. Know Christ and you will know God. Jesus said, “I and the Father are One” – John 10:30 God is Father, Son and Spirit.  One God in essence, 3 in person-hood.

 

 

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Questions to ponder and comments from James 4:1-10

Do I ask God for my needs, or do I just fight it out of life myself?
Do my prayers go unanswered? Do I ask God with correct motives, for his glory, or for my own pleasures?
Am I really loyal to God?
Do I realize the world is against God and is his enemy?
Do I remember that being a friend and lover of the world is being an enemy of God?
Do I dare ask God for things while still loving the world, and really expect him to bless my prayers; really?
Do I think God’s Word wasn’t serious when it said, “The Spirit that God made to live in us wants us for himself alone?”

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It’s time we examine our lives and come near to God in Christ Jesus. Change our laughing into crying, our happiness into sadness, humble ourselves in repentance in the Lord’s presence. Then He will lift us up and give us life and honor.
This is how we begin to see the power of God in our lives and our prayers get answered.

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Ps 37:4
In delighting in him, our desires become God’s desires.

Dilemmas of loving my neighbors

But if you fulfill the royal law as expressed in this scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. –
James 2:8

This sums up the commands of God for us toward our fellow man. This is easy to do to those who love us, or when it doesn’t demand any real sacrifice on our part. But real life doesn’t always go that way. Sometimes your life is busy or demanding, or financially stressed with more needs than resources. Then someone you love dearly has a crisis, and you have immediate ability to meet that need, but it will put your wisely planned out resources and budget to get blown up and leave you in need, or unable to stay in a secure place. What do you do? Worse yet, someone you are not emotionally or lovingly close to has a need and you see it and can meet all or part of the immediate need, what do you do? Do we pass them by, because it may put us in debt and force us to work harder and longer to recover than we desire or planned? Do we pass over the need because it may impact our ability to fund our immediate or long term plans or retirement “properly”? Do we walk on by like the Jews of the good Samaritan story not helping the person in need because we don’t want to be inconvenienced; or  we want a nicer car and can’t afford a new car payment and sending an extra 10, 50, 100 or 300 dollars a month to help fund an orphanage or feed hungry and hurting Pastors,  or feed the poor people who need to see the love of Jesus in action before they can see his offer of Salvation? What do we do?   Needs abound, so do we just pass them by, or do we dig deeper, cut back more on self, and invest more in others and less in personal pursuits? What does loving you neighbor as yourself look like for you? Is it a life of giving mercy to others that takes from your own resource pool of mercy and provision?

Jesus told us to “Go and Do likewise” in the parable of the Good Samaritan found in Luke 10:25-37

We can choose to avoid seeing or acknowledging needs, turn a blind eye like those who passed the beaten and robbed man on the road way to Jerusalem, or we can stop and render what aid we can. We can all do something. It’s better to do all you can to save a few, than nothing, and keep on walking. God has blessed you. What will you do?

God has blessed me more than I deserve. I really believe this, so I choose to prove it by giving more and more back to those in need, even when it hurts to do so. Not just talking about it, but doing it. This is why I invest much of my time and money in the poor and for the Gospel message of Christ, and have partnered with Jim Ball to make it easier for others to join us in doing exactly this. Loving our neighbors who are in the greatest of need around the world. Join me at http://www.aboutfacemissions.com or on our Facebook page and help us help more and reach more for Jesus.   https://www.facebook.com/AboutFaceMissions .
Even as hard as the road may be at times dealing with the troubles and problems of others as well as your own, the resulting rewards and new life friendships and bonds of love that form from your efforts will last forever. Joy unspeakable will come though Christ to you, and have you saying, “why did I ever even hesitate?”.   I know this, I struggle daily with these questions and find stepping out in faith for Jesus always has immense rewards beyond my human reason.

Vain worship of God?

Greek transliteration “thrēskos”- fear or Worship of God, “religious”

If someone thinks he is religious yet does not bridle his tongue, and so deceives his heart, his religion is futile. – James 1:26

Oftentimes we see James 1:27 quoted, since it tells us what pure religion or rather the worship of God looks like. Naming the loving and caring for the needy and helpless, as in the widows and orphans who tend to be the most overlooked among us. But rarely do we pause to listen to what God is telling us in verse 26 that leads up to the truths of verse 27. 
Today in western society we have a distaste for the word “religion” or “religious” because we have seen many hypocritical abuses in religious traditions. In reality religion and religious are not bad words, they just seem to come with a lot of baggage and so many wrong ideas come to mind when using them. This word for religious used here by James is the only instance of this Greek word thrēskos in the Bible, which is typically translated as religious in most translations.  But a quick look up of the word in Strong’s Greek  concordance (G2357) says it means literally the fear of or worship of God.
So a better way to translate this passage that would not carry the mental blockage it does to many people would be like this:
If someone thinks he fears and worships God yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his worship is in vain.
(And on to vs 27)
Pure and undefiled worship before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unpolluted by the world. (James 1:26-27)

So if you call yourself a Christian and do not control your tongue, (Which could mean; using crass or course speech, vulgar or foul words or joking; saying things intentionally hurtfull or mean without a loving or constructive purpose; saying things to tear people down rather than leading them to life; gossip; saying things out of place; speaking too much and listening too little, etc..)the Bible says here that your worship of God is useless, in vain, pointless.

God has always been one who doesn’t just look to your uncommitted emotional and trivial appeals from your heart, but who weighs your heart by how you act on it. Faith is not a momentary feeling, but action on truths trusted as from God. By faith we are saved, but by actions we prove our faith. How do you live out what you say you believe? Is it a selfish faith or a surrendering, dying to self to serve God and others faith?
  1Sam 15:22 says this;
“Does the Lord take pleasure in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as he does in obedience? Certainly, obedience is better than sacrifice; paying attention is better than the fat of rams.” God never changes. He still requires obedience of us. He saves us so that we can obey.

Today many of us fool ourselves into thinking we are following Christ and worshiping him, because we have emotional moments in Church when we sing praise and worship. I tell you pagens do likewise in their idolic worship of their loved music stars. They are more moved in their emotional adorations to their favorite music artists and the entertainment minded worshipers of football, baseball, basketball or soccer are more passionate about their team playing a game than most Christians in worship of their God. What makes a true religious person, a true worshiper of God, as in this context of Biblical truth?

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Someone who doesn’t just say they follow Jesus,  but puts feet to their faith and gives sacrificially to others.  That is love, the kind of love the true Spirit of God puts in a child of God.
If in introspection you think maybe your worship of God may be a bit vain and meaningless, which I think all of us fall into at some level (we all are works in progress ), then do as God leads us in the Psalms. Seek cleaning from God, and ask him to help show you the right paths to make more worshipful steps in your life, repenting where needed, and giving more to Christ and others. Don’t trust your own heart but trust it to God and live for him.
Search me O God, and know my heart, test me and know my thoughts. See if there be any grievous way in me and lead me in the way everlasting.  (Ps 139:23-24)
Make this your daily heart cry to Christ. Then watch God make your way pure. Worship is what you do with your life, not just a song you sing on Sunday.

Temptation to do wrong

Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he himself tempts no one.  But each one is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desires.  Then when desire conceives, it gives birth to sin, and when sin is full grown, it gives birth to death. -James 1:13-15 NET

This thing of temptation, unfortunately I am an expert in, as is everyone who has lived for any time in this life. Unfortunately most of us are also professional “spcapegoaters”. Do you know where the term scapegoats came from? In the law given through Moses, a symbolic thing the Jews had to do ritually each year when it came time for a sin offering during the Day or Atonement. They would kill a goat and take it’s blood into the Holy of Holies to symbolically pay for the nation’s sin and they also had to set a goat loose into the wilderness whose head was put some of the blood of the slain goat. That second goat symbolically carried the sins of the people away. Their blame was laid on it and it took the blame for what they did wrong.  It was the scapegoat. It was a foreshadowing of what the Messiah was to do in taking away our blame before God.
This wasn’t hard for people to picture because we naturally don’t want to face our consequences for our wrongs even today. We want to divert attention off ourselves when we do wrong and blame someone or something rather than humbly take ownership, repentance, and seek godly change.   Some accuse  God of making them sin even if indirectly, by saying it’s just to hard to resist some temptations and God should make it easier for them. God does allow temptations to test us, yes, but it’s not him tempting us. He equips us with His Spirit and wants us to learn to notice the signs of temptation and immediately turn to Jesus for power to overcome. It is hard to break old habits, but in Christ we can do all things! Now we know Satan and the demons tempt us also at times, but notice their absence in this scripture. What is it that tempts us according to this passage? Our own human desires.  We don’t need to blame anyone other than ourselves for failing to live holy, in our own flesh really is no good thing. Thus the war we must daily fight, by drawing near our source of righteousness and power to overcome.  Jesus. 

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  Christ in me is all that really is good.
   Thank you Lord for promising to never leave me, nor forsake me, because daily I need you. Thank you also for your shed blood that washes me whiter than snow, the times I do fail you. Because it is against you alone O God who ultimately I sin and must come to for cleansing. May I always confess my sins before you LORD Jesus, and hold nothing back,  since you have promised me you are faithful and just to forgive me my sins and to purify me from all unrighteousness…Always .   Amen.

Live blessed, follow Christ.

Do what God’s teaching says; when you only listen and do nothing, you are fooling yourselves. Those who hear God’s teaching and do nothing are like people who look at themselves in a mirror. They see their faces and then go away and quickly forget what they looked like. But the truly happy people are those who carefully study God’s perfect law that makes people free, and they continue to study it. They do not forget what they heard, but they obey what God’s teaching says. Those who do this will be made happy.  -James 1:22-25 NCV

The law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus is this law that even Moses passed down, because the old law foreshadowed and illustrated the need to be washed by the blood, to be saved and made right with God. As Christ said it has not been changed, but fulfilled in him. Indeed God’s moral law and principles by which they are underpinned are the source of all good law and instruction among men. So if we want to live blessed and content in this life, obey God and follow the prompting of his Spirit.


But be careful to not follow false spirits of your flesh or the deceitful “angels of light” sent by Satan to fool so many. Do you know how to test the spirits? Do you test them? Or do you just follow what you have “peace” with? Did you know some demonic spirits bring “feelings” of comfort and peace as impostors of God? Not every Spirit is from God, and I’d say when you are prone to follow your feeling then most spirits you hear are not from God. Lets not idly wait on peace over decisions we make, looking for fortune cookie signs. God has provided us all the principles we need by which to live and make godly decisions. His Spirit will always lead in accordance with his Word. The Bible is God’s only authoritative and inspired means by which you divide the Spirits. So examine the Scriptures to confirm truth and good godly life decisions..not your culture, or your church culture, or even your own pastor. Not that they cannot help steer you in the right direction, they can and should. But if you have Christ in you, God is your teacher. So go to Him, hear through His direct speaking to you in his word and obey. Properly divide the Word or truth, so learn how to properly interpret, and don’t take things out of context to make improper meanings. Do this and live well and blessed.

Little green men and God.

Now this may sound odd or random, but it’s how things work in my mind at times. Due to things going on in a persons life, God uses scripture to teach us what may seem like random truths, but truth nonetheless, because it somehow applies to the world around you.

In my meditation and study on James 1 today, I see an application of truth I’ve never really noticed or thought about in this way.

James 1:17-18 says this.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of his creatures.”
It’s the last sentence that strikes me with this truth. You see God is informing us as he has before in many ways that we are the pinnacle of his creation. The most important. The center of the universe as it were,  not as in physically the center, but as in everything in the vast cosmos is all aligned  the way it is for a reason, for one most glorious creation of God; Mankind. We are created to bring God great pleasure and glory unlike any other of his creation. We are as this verse says the first fruits of his creation, not the first thing he created, but the reason he created everything that is. As you read through scripture, and the law of Moses, you see how God used the term first fruits to mean the very best and most choice and highly prized of something. It is the most important and most celebrated. Jewish first fruit celebrations as well as in many other cultures, are times of celebration and joy over long expected choice harvests that bring us pleasure. With God, we who are people redeemed by faith in Christ, are the choice first fruits among humanity the children of promise, offspring of Abraham. But even in greater context we come from among humanity to whom all are offered this sweet call of fellowship with our Creator to be united in loving oneness with him as a beautiful adorned Bride of God. The implications of this truth are great. This means there is no greater more highly created beings in the universe. We are the “it” of all creation. Could God have created life on other planets and created other advanced life forms and human-like civilizations? Sure. But did he? Scripture seems to say no, even right here. Everything created in this cosmos was all designed for a purpose.  To support and provide for the creation and development of God’s first fruit. You.   That’s how important you are to God. You have eternal worth.

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The Horsehead Nebula as seen through the Hubble telescope

So are there intelligent aliens out there that humanity will discover some day. Scripture seems to say no. The pursuit of them leads to demonic driven idolatry in a desire not be satisfied with God. Every super nova, every black hole, or quasar and every planet, moon, star or galaxy, is all where it is to maintain for a time the fine tuning of the universe to support life on earth; and most importantly Gods greatest creation, you and me. This should encourage you as you study the vastness and complexities and size of the cosmos, and see God made it all for you.

For more on this topic, I highly suggest reading some of the more advanced discussions between science and faith and how all truth is God’s truth at http://www.reasons.org or visiting this link for more on extraterrestrial life.  http://www.reasons.org/Search?q=extraterestial+life

Tell the Nations of his Glory!

Tell the nations of his glory;

tell all peoples the miracles he does,

because the LORD is great -Ps 96:3,4

It should only make sense that because of the great things God has done for us…for me, that I should go and bring this great love of Christ to everyone who will listen, no matter where in the earth they may be. Some have asked me why go to Africa when there are so many lost people here in America.  I simply tell them that God has moved me to go to places like Peru, Ecuador and Africa, and…. because they will listen and respond unlike most Americans, where hearts are hard.

Where the hearts are ripe and tender we should go to harvest for the Lord.

Matt 9:37-38 Jesus said, “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Someone’s gotta go, why not me…why not you?  I like pastor John Pipers recent messages on this.  There are 3 types of Christians, the “Senders”, the “Go-ers” or the “Disobedient”. The mission field begins at home and our city and state and country, but it must not stop there. It must be global according to the command of Christ. I want to be like the prophet Isaiah who said in Isa 6:8 “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
Lastly, for anyone who truly loves Christ and wants to see God face to face, knowing that they have done well in serving him shouldn’t we be working on making his return expedited by reaching the last unreached people of the World?  When will Jesus Christ return in glory?  He told us. Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Nations here in the Greek means people groups. So let’s be about our Fathers work, going or sending, and making this our priority!

Love is missional.

Enslaved are not set free by  ambivalence, but by loving intervention. True love purposes to rescue those in need. If you are aware of some injustice or hurting person, or someone trapped in some horrible or dangerous situation, and you have the means to help them, even at some risk to yourself, would not human compassion within you move you to intervene on their behalf?
Sure it would, you would at least try to help if there is even an ounce of goodness in you. Something more horrifying than a person in distress is someone who sees them and passes them by without rendering aid, either out of selfish ambivalence, hateful pride, or unwillingness to get their hands dirty, or fear, even when they had means to render aid. God hates cowardliness in people. That is one of the most despicable things I see and often hear about in humanity, and yet it happens all the time. It’s abuse or murder by neglect.
We live by what we really believe, not by what we say. Our character is determined by our actions not our words.  So we must honestly examine our actions. We need to ask ourselves, “Do I  really care about my fellow man, or is life all about me and my comfort?”.  Yet even the most vile of humans will do nice things for those who will do nice things in return, or good things when it’s convenient.  But true goodness will force you to leave your comfort zone and go confront people who even otherwise think they are in no danger.  If a dam broke upstream and you saw a home full of people who you knew were in the floods path, a decent person would do what they could to warn and help that family. An evil person would do nothing. Do you ever warn people of God’s impending justice if they don’t turn from sin and to Christ?

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Jesus Christ sent us out to warn people of God’s impending judgment and that his wrath is about to be poured out and could happen any moment on anyone. Do you remember some of his first words of his preaching? “Repent and Believe for the kingdom of God is at hand.” The tower of Siloam in ancient Jerusalem fell on many people and killed them, and Jesus was asked if those people were being punished for their sins against God because they were greater sinners than them, do you remember his reply? (Luke 13:4-5) He said, “unless you repent, you too shall likewise perish”. You see, he was telling us that every man is in danger of hell fire and deserves to die. As Scripture says, “It is appointed unto man once to die,  but after that judgment”. (Heb 9:27) We who are saved by Grace are so enamored by God’s love we forget at times that the lost do not live under God’s favor and Grace, but under his condemnation and wrath. Yes all humanity experiences some of God’s providence for a time, but they are still enemies of God, given just opportunity to seek him. Jesus did not come to earth the first time to condemn us, we already were in condemnation,  but he came to save. Jesus came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10). The lost is everyone separated from God’s divine Spirit because of imperfections of sin and on path to eternal destruction. That includes everyone born since Adam. For all have sinned and fallen short of Gods glory. (Romans 3:23). Our standard to meet is perfection; God is our standard.
We must not just speak of Gods love as though it is a take it or leave it thing with no consequences of rejecting it, because Jesus will return again not as Savior, but Judge and conquering Lord to all who live in rebellion to God. Revelation 19:13-16 gives us a glimpse of his awesome return.
“He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which he is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.” This King Jesus will come and call his people to his side but for prideful, it will be a dark day. Do you really believe this? If so let your actions prove it.

But are we people who really believe what the Bible reveals about God and our crimes and unholiness before him?
Jesus came as a Rescuer, he is the God who Saves. This is the meaning of the Hebrew name Yeshua, Jesus in Greek. His time of human intervention was a great sacrifice on his part. He came as God, humbled in the limited form of a man, he faced ridicule and shame to help us relate to God and identify with us becoming intimate with our sufferings, and most importantly to rescue some of us who would take his saving hand by faith, trusting his offer of salvation as God among man; our Emmanuel. Jesus being perfect God and perfect man, took upon himself willingly God’s wrath over our sins and shed his blood becoming cursed for us hanging on a wooden cross. He being God rose from the grave proving his power over life and death, leading the way for humanity to see how imperishable life with God will one day be for all who trust in him. Today Christ Jesus offers life to all who are under Gods curse, by freely applying his blood payment for their sins and rescuing them from death and the enslavement of Satan and certain hell fire. All we must do is repent from sin and turn to him to save us. That is it. For it is by God’s grace we are saved through faith, that not of yourself, it is the gift of God, so no one can boast. (Eph 2:8-9)
….But while many of us have made claim to this salvation and claim we are Christian, which means a Christ follower, our actions say otherwise. Many people seem to “buy into” Christ as some life insurance add-on. They do this by trying to say a sinners prayer or go through certain motions to have “salvation”  but don’t really turn to Jesus as king of their life, nor forsake and fight sin. They sort of want to follow Jesus, but not really. They lack saving faith that cries out from their heart “Jesus Son of David, Save Me!”
You know a Christ follower by their follow through.  Saving faith radically changes you from the inside out as the Holy Spirit births God’s life in your once dead spirit. To enter the kingdom of God, Jesus said it clearly, “you must be born again”.
So if you do love God and you follow Jesus you will have also a love for your neighbors and you will lovingly share truth and warn them of their danger before God apart from Christ as Lord. You will work hard and smart to rescue the perishing. In Luke 10:1-12 Jesus gives us the model of how to reach those perishing apart from God. He sent 72 disciples out into the villages to share the Gospel of peace and for us to intentionally invade their world with God’s love, doing acts of kindness, and healing and blessing people showing God’s  amnesty offer, looking for the ones whom the Holy Spirit is drawing to Jesus. Then once finding them stay and disciple them and teaching them to obey everything he has commanded. Yet also he prepares us for the certain rejection that also will happen. Take back your blessings and leave them in the hands of God warning them that God came near and they rejected him. So as to leave them with clear knowledge of the severity of their disbelief. Truly Jesus said later in Rev 21, the unbelieving and cowardly are the first mentioned that are destined to be cast into the Lake of Fire where the pain never ends.

So, as you go about your days, is your life consumed with your work, fun and entertainment or one of many other earthly pursuits? Or does your love for Jesus drive you to think and act daily about how to help more lost people find life in Christ? Do you pray for hearts to be softened for Christ, and do you work to tell others about God’s holiness, sin, hell, heaven and salvation in Jesus .  You can and should be doing this personally to those you are able, and also helping his people, his Church, to corporately do this kind of mission work around you and all over the world. You were created, saved and left here on earth to be missional in intervening in peoples lives and waking them up to the truth. No matter how happy they may seem in their life or the risk of upsetting them and them not liking you. No, I’ll tell you what, what a shameful day it will be for you and me when they walk off the cliff of life into hell and we didn’t say anything before it was too late.

This is your mission and mine. Let’s do more intentionally today. Don’t wait for them to come to you asking how to be saved, that rarely happens. Go to them. Rock their world.  Some will hear and be saved. God has put this responsibility in your and my hands.
If you think I’m nuts. Listen to what God says in Ezk 3:18

“If I declare that the wicked will die but you don’t warn them, if you say nothing to warn them from their wicked ways so that they might live, they will die because of their guilt, but I will hold you accountable for their deaths.”