As Christians we are all called to minister to those around us spreading the gospel to all those who will listen. The bible reminds us that we are commanded by God to live according to His rules as each one of us, acting as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ continue His work on earth while we await His return.
Though we are expected to surround ourselves with other believers, there is a good chance we will interact with people of different faiths or worse yet, people of no faith. God’s word calls us to share our testimony every chance we get spreading His blessings throughout the land. However, if someone will not hear the good news or rebuke the coming of Christ, be ready to walk away without conviction. The bibles tells us not everyone will receive us and be open to God’s promises.
“And if any place will not receive you and they refuse to hear you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet for a testimony against them.” (Mark 6:10)
Unlike nonbelievers, those with faith will welcome God’s blessings, This is why we should not discriminate when spreading God’s love and assume everyone is a believer. I personally try and include God in each conversation, in each encounter with strangers, family members and friends adding “God bless you” or “God has blessed us” to at least one sentence. Often, blessings are offered in return or fellowship occurs. This is not only pleasing to God but it is at the root of His ministry.
With this in mind I wonder how people who claim to be believers can carry entire conversations, send emails or even sit through meals and not praise the Lord even once. Though the spirit may live within their hearts, they are among those requiring a little godly provocation.
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works.” (Hebrews 10:23-24)
Faith driven provoking is a righteous act which helps guide the spiritually weak toward the narrow way that leads to heaven. When used in moderation, this kind of “stirring up” is spiritually healthy and a great tool used in sculpting one’s salvation.
This kind of stirring up may also have adverse effects when misused on non believers. Much like trying to pet an alligator, worldly folks will not be receptive to spiritual provoking. We must be careful to avoid altercations and remember we are called to love out neighbors as we love ourselves and, do the same with our enemies.
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:20-21)
Loving your enemy doesn’t mean you are to live each day among them. Since we are all subject to Satan’s deceitful ways, we are called to keep ourselves from the darkness living our lives under God’s eternal light.
“Do not be mismated with unbelievers. For what partnership have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Be’lial? Or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15)
Make your home a purpose driven one. Let God shine throughout your dwelling and allow the holy spirit to strengthen you so that you are well equipped to minister to all those who will listen. Every person you speak to turns into an opportunity to minister, to share God’s good news. Strive to become a God sent provoker. Sow seeds of salvation and fulfill His mission for all our lives.
We thank you for your love and your blessings
And for the opportunities you place before us daily,
And ask you to inspire us to serve you through others
Who’s needs seem so out of reach.
We ask that you use us as your vessels
To complete any task you lay before us,
Knowing that it is our mission to continue Jesus’ work on earth
So that we may rejoice with you in Heaven.
Lord we thank you for continuing to look after us,
Our families, friends and those around us,
And ask you to answer the prayers of those in need
As they cry out to you.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre