Are you dead enough?

I have been praying and asking the Lord to give me a heart to evangelize at a greater level.  I want a heart that is not always looking inward but one that is looking outward for those that need Jesus.  It is so EASY to get stuck on Anika; my fears of rejection and what others think of me. As I pray and study His word I see that effective evangelism requires death to oneself.  So I leave you with this question, “Are you dead enough?”

 

ARE YOU DEAD ENOUGH?

Many times as Christians we are afraid of speaking and living the whole truth.

Why?

We are afraid of the response.

We are afraid of how others will become offended because the words we speak

And the way we live highlights their sins

Then they lash out

And our feelings get hurt

We take it personal and we shrink back

Why?

Because we are not dead enough

Yeah cause see it is no longer I that live but Christ that lives in me

But maybe

Maybe my death is not a reality

And I have to be honest and say

I am not dead enough

Not dead enough to myself

Not dead enough to recognize that I have been given a mandate to Go

A mandate that takes the focus off of me and puts it all on Jesus

A mandate that asks me to let my light shine,

A light that highlights the darkness of sin

The very light that should be a reflection of Him

His attitude

His courage

His love

His words

And when I am dead enough

I recognize that it is not my words that I am speaking

Consequently I know that they are not rejecting me

But they are rejecting the ONLY one that can set them free

So when I am dead enough, I shake off the rejection

And say, ok on to the next one.

 

 

12 Replies to “Are you dead enough?”

  1. Wow! This was very encouraging. At times I used to get caught up in winning the argument, then I realized that would turn people off. Thank you for reminding me what it’s all about. I need to continue to not let my flesh get in the way.

    1. I need to be constantly reminded that it is not about winning an argument or proving that I am right. It takes true humility to witness to others. Glad you were blessed!

      1. I think this is especially true when we are ministering to people that know us intimately, our family members and very close friends because they know our ugly stuff. But when we can come to them in humility the point of what we are trying to say becomes blurry and they begin to want what we have because we have shown them true love and Jesus!

        1. Excellent point Myriam. Family members and those closest to us can be the hardest to minister to but if we continue to show them Jesus in our actions and not just our words, we can win them!

  2. By Friday night each point had been faced. He knew exactly what he was offered, the

    choice between temporal and eternal gain. The Spirit summed the issue up for him: “On no

    account will I allow you to cherish a single thought of self, and the life I will live in you will be

    one hundred per cent for others. You will never be able to save yourself, any more than the

    Saviour could when He was on earth. Now, are you willing?” He was to give a final answer.

    From the book Reese Howell

  3. For me being rejected hurts….Evangelising isn’t about myself….I should have the mind of Christ and stay focused on being a tool bringing the lost to Christ..Self must die before effective evangelism can take place for me…Thanks for helping me to reconize my flest isn’t dead yet at times.

    1. I agree, rejection hurts but as we seek God’s face, He helps us to have the right perspective and we stay reminded that they are not rejecting us but rejecting Jesus. I like you have realized that I have to continue to die to my flesh.

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