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GROWING IN CHRIST

"The Price of One"

Date published: 07/17/2020

Luke 15:7 “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”

 

   If one person coming to salvation produces the greatest joy in heaven, then should not our walk with Christ reflect the importance of witnessing?  How much of your life is dedicated to bringing people into a saving relationship with Christ?  The entry of one into heaven brings more rejoicing in heaven than all the church services you attend, all your Bible readings you do, all the time you spend on your knees praying, all the Bible studies you do, and all the Christian events you attend.  These activities are good, but 2 Corinthians 5:19-20 calls you to be a minister of reconciliation: “. . . God has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.”  Today’s Scripture raises four questions for every Christian to consider: 1) Can I competently share the salvation message to bring another to Christ? 2) Have I studied the salvation message enough to be able to share the Scriptures with the message of salvation?  3) Is the time I devote to sharing the gospel message for salvation in right proportion to the time I spend in all my Christian activities?  4) Is the time I devote to knowing and sharing Christ in right proportion to how I spend the total amount of time I have?  These four questions will help determine if you are living your life to please God or self?  Every Christian should strive to center their life around God, so they might reflect and experience all that God has for them.  Let’s look at three Scriptures to better understand God’s desires for a Christian’s life.

 

Luke 14:26, 33 calls you to Lordship: "If anyone comes to me and does not hate his father and mother, his wife and children, his brothers and sisters — yes, even his own life — he cannot be my disciple. 33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.”  Nothing can come before Christ.  Our lives are to be built around Christ and not ourselves.  Every activity, relationship, challenge, and pursuit should be sifted through this grid.

 

Luke 19:13-26 is the story of the servants who were given different amounts of money and challenged to put it to work.  The first two did so, but the third merely returned the amount given.  Verse 23 says: “Why then didn't you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?' 26 "He replied, 'I tell you that everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.’”   God calls every Christian to be fruitful.  Witnessing and discipleship are two of the most important fruit that God calls you to produce.  As Christians we must not squander God’s gifts and calling.

 

Luke 16:9 teaches that the things of this world should be used to multiply and grow the kingdom: “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Unfortunately, we all too often form God around our worldly wealth instead of allowing God to use it for His kingdom purpose.  Do not live for self but use the resources God has given to multiply the kingdom of God.

 

   Lordship, fruitfulness, and the proper utilization of God’s resources will allow God to use you as His key person in growing the Kingdom of God.  Do not minimize the importance of witnessing.  Philemon 6 shows how witnessing is not only important to others, but how God will further bless your life through it: “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.  Pray now for what changes God wants you to make in this area.  Pray each day for God to use you in sharing the Gospel message, so the kingdom of heaven might rejoice over God’s work in you. 

 

Romans 1:16-17 “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.  For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.”

 

   I have two free resources to help you in witnessing.  You can go to www.growinginChrist.net, scroll to the bottom of the page to free resources.  I pray these will help you be more effective in witnessing to others.

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience in this area:  “God’s Purpose For You” and “Transformation – Part 3.”