I had a recent discussion with another Christian podcaster, and would like feedback from you – to help me discern the direction I am going in with the podcast. Here is the verse I would like you to read over, followed by the question I have:
1 Timothy 4:11-16
Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes! Keep a firm grasp on both your character and your teaching. Don’t be diverted. Just keep at it. Both you and those who hear you will experience salvation.
There are many other verses that demand of us, no matter our place in this world, to preach the gospel. Verses like Mark 16:15…….And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation”.
I guess this is the question I have about this: Some people believe that people will be attracted to them if they live according to God’s Word, not necessarily being willing to take the step of sharing His word with the world. Letting the world come to them and ask why they are different. Although I strongly agree with the fact that we are to be a light to this world, and we should seem different – the whole “do not be conformed, but transformed” discussion.
My friend used the 1 Corinthians 1:23 – “but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles” as sort of the excuse that we don’t dare bother approaching unsaved people too soon with scripture, and living our life out first to be an example. I tend to think that there are so many of us (including myself at times) that fail to realize how little we bring Christ up in our lives……..let alone make Him the Lord of it. To be blunt…..my view on it is that that is the way the world wants us to be with the power of Christ’s crucifixion. The people that impact me the most are people that I don’t have to watch and wonder how they could push me to become more like Christ. The kind of people that you see Christ in without question. I know there is a line to draw where you don’t shove Christ down people’s throats………but don’t you think there is a line to also draw where you find the comfort of this world to be important? Or maybe that we’re more ashamed of the gospel than we care to admit?