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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Christ Alive"

Date published: 05/23/2016
 
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost." (NIV) 

   How are you doing in seeking and saving the lost?  2 Peter 3:9b shows God’s desire for all to be saved, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV) As Christians our mandate is clear – share the good news of Christ with the lost.  Yet the average Christian does not share how to become a Christian to even one person each year. Most Christians’ plan of evangelism is to share Christ through the life they live, however the number one reason people do not come to Christ is because of the way Christians live! 70% of all Christians fervently praying for a loved one not to pass away from a serious illness do not definitely know whether or not the loved one is a Christian. They love them enough to want God to heal them in their temporal body, but not enough to share how they can have life eternal.  

   The secret to witnessing for Christ is loving God. Your love for God will result in a greater love for people. True love for others always places their eternal destiny ahead of anything else. Sharing Christ will be different with each person to whom you witness. But in very short order, your encounters should confirm a person’s salvation, or, if they are not saved, you will be able to share specifically how a person can come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. Failing to share Christ with the lost reflects a belief that Christ may not be that important to you. Sadly, this could also be conveyed to the unbeliever. Sharing Christ reflects your faith in Him and love for the unbeliever. 

   One other key factor that contributes to a lack of witnessing is shallow grace. Shallow grace is when you are not impacted or moved by what God has done for you. Christ impacting your life will cause you to want to share what His love and sacrifice has done for you. Followers of Christ will experience God’s love and grace not only at salvation, but also in their daily walk. Seldom will a life lived for Christ not have impactful events of God’s work in his/her life. It could be as dramatic as Stephen seeing Jesus standing at the right hand of God before he was stoned in Acts 7:55, “But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God,” (NIV) or supernaturally when God healed Aeneas in Acts 9:34, “‘Aeneas,’ Peter said to him, ‘Jesus Christ heals you.  Get up and take care of your mat.’ Immediately Aeneas got up.” (NIV) Christ is alive and wants to manifest Himself in every follower. Allow Christ to live out His life in you, so that you can passionately share the living Christ with others! Ask God daily to provide opportunities to share the great love He has bestowed on you to another person. Be bold! 

Luke 15:32 “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (NIV) 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Your Life in Christ” and “Transformation – Part 1.” 

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