Do Christians live in a bubble? Many of us have only Christian friends and associate mainly with other Christians. As a result, we aren’t winning many unbelievers to the Lord Jesus Christ. How can we be witnesses for Jesus if we’re never around unbelievers?
Most people would rather be with people who make them feel comfortable. That’s why we tend to stick with people who think like we do. With these individuals, we do not have to explain why we believe the way we do, why we accept the Biblical version of creation, or the virgin birth. We don’t have to explain why Jesus died for our sins…for the sins of all people in the past, present, or future.
However, when we socialize with unbelievers (most) are uncomfortable listening to us claim everyone needs a savior… Jesus. So, we can make excuses like… Unbelievers have heard the message of Jesus and would already be coming to church if they wanted to…they don’t want to, so who am I to try to change their minds. I’m not the preacher or one of the elders sharing the gospel is their job not mine. Unbelievers just ridicule or laugh at us anyway, so why bother.
One excuse I hear a lot is: unbelievers are involved in activities that I can be tempted by. Yet, Jesus was accused with associating with sinners…and he did. (Thank God he did or we would not be saved right now.) We need to take his example and apply it to ourselves. It is important to note, Jesus lived among sinners, yet never sinned. We have the power through the Holy Spirit to withstand sin, so we shouldn’t ever use the “I could be tempted and fall into sin excuse.”
There are many more excuses, but you get the idea. I’m sure if you’re like us, you have a few more that you’ve used at one time or another.
Yeast is an ingredient that’s used to make dough rise. A very small amount is needed to affect the dough. In several places in the Bible, yeast is used in a negative way. We are warned that a small amount of yeast can infect the entire batch. Jesus warned against the bad attitudes, teachings, and practices of the Pharisees. He didn’t want them to infect his followers with their negative, sometimes evil actions. Jesus wanted his followers to be fore warned…aware of the danger.
Mark 8:15 (NKJV)
15 Then He charged them, saying, “Take heed, beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and the yeast of Herod.”
However, the following verse is actually very positive.
Matthew 13:33 (NKJV)
33 Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven (yeast), which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”
We can be like yeast in the world. Christians mix with the unsaved of the world every day. They should see a difference (if we are living a Christ-like life) and want the life of love, joy, and peace we have. We are light to their darkness. It’s very important we involve ourselves with those around us and not hide the light of Jesus that should be shining brightly in your spirit.
Matthew 5:14-15 (NKJV)
14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
When I was younger, I thought, “how sad that the Amish do not share their faith with others. They stay within their own little communities and do not venture out.” Yet, I realize that I do not share enough either. I live in the same bubble they do. The only difference is I don’t separate myself in the same way; I simply stay in my comfort zone and don’t venture out.
In our travels we have met many people. Some know the Lord Jesus, others do not. It’s easier to share my faith with strangers. You visit with them for a short time and will probably never see them again. There is boldness in knowing if you seem like a fool for Jesus, you do not have to endure their ridicule. Yet, we are losing some of our relatives, our co-workers, and our country by our silence. We need to have the same boldness with our family and friends as we do with total strangers. (We are encouraging ourselves as well as you.) We have been commissioned to be ambassadors for Jesus.
John 20:21 (NKJV)
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
We are the body of Christ Jesus. We are his hands and feet…his voice. If we do not speak, do not share, do not live for him, how will our city, our country, our world know the truth? We must unify and make a greater effort to reach the lost in our world.
The Christian churches around the world need to stop fussing and fighting over the unimportant issues. We need to agree to disagree on those things not foundational to our faith. We need to focus on Jesus, the only Son of God and the only way to God…the virgin birth, his death on the cross, his burial, and resurrection. We must unify now, today, this minute. If we don’t, we’ll lose loved ones, friends, cities, states, countries, and world. The fact is we’re losing our country. Where it is true God can do anything, He has given us the command to share the gospel. Right now we’re not doing a very good job. The day will come when it will be illegal to share the gospel with others. I challenge you to get out of your comfort zone and reach out to the lost world around you.