Do Your Job
In the next 60 minutes, 6,319 people will die. Most headed to an eternity in Hell. I’m not talking about that South Park version of hell. I am not talking about when people have tough days and they say that they are “in hell.” I am talking about the real, horrible, eternal, frightening Hell. Most Christians don’t care enough to get off their butt and do anything about it.
What’s the problem? How do so many people around the world die without Christ?
Some do the research and choose to reject Him.
There is a pandemic in the Christian world. Christians who aren’t doing their job.
What’s our Job?
From early Presbyterian Catechism:
Q. What is the chief end of man?
A. Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever.
Q. What is it to glorify God?
A. Glorifying God consists in four things: 1. Appreciation, 2. Adoration, 3. Affection, 4. Subjection.
Subjection. This is when we dedicate ourselves to God, and stand ready dressed for his service. We glorify God by laboring to draw others to God; by seeking to convert others, and so make them instruments of glorifying God.
Living the Christian life. Spreading the truth of God, and bringing them to Him.
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Matthew 28:19-20 ESV
That’s our job. That doesn’t earn us salvation. Salvation is a free gift. But because we have a Savior who has given us salvation… we should be out sharing the good news.
Christianity for Dummies defines ‘the Gospel’ as: Literally, the “good news” that Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sins of the human race and rose from the dead, and that those who believe in him will be saved from sin.
Sometimes we forget that it’s good news. We treat it like a disease.
“I don’t want to tell anyone that I am a Christian… they might laugh at me. They might ridicule me. They might even ask me more about it!!” I think one of the most frightening things for most Christians is the thought that someone might ask them about their faith, and that they will have to explain it.
I see two big groups of Christians who don’t do their jobs:
The Lukewarm (Rev 3:16). Pew warmers – they come to church and that is the extent of their Christianity. And they only come until they get a better offer. Baseball game… Football game…
They put their butt in the pew and listen to some poor preacher pour his heart out to them. Point them at Jesus. Tell them to share the gospel with others… But their faith never makes it out the front door.
“You are horribly mistaken if you believe God expects no fruit from a transformed life.”
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
Christians are not saved by works, but they do show their faith by their works
But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:18 ESV
They study. They read. They know lots about Jesus. They have the latest books. They watch all the Youtube preaching. But They never get it out of their head and share it. They’re tops at the church, but outside the church they are nothing. Bible Bureaucrats. Pharisees.
It really ticks me off that I often fit into either and both of those groups.
How are people supposed to know who God is, and what He really stands for, and what He’s done for them, if they don’t see Him in us? They don’t hear about Him from us.
How can we keep the Gospel of Christ bottled up?
God has done so much for us that we ought to be SHOUTING it from the mountaintops. And we can’t even live like He’s done anything for us.
I’m not even suggesting that we run out and jam a Bible in someone’s face. I’m not saying that we need to find a street corner and stand there wearing a sign that says “Jesus Loves You.”
That might be your calling from God, but it’s actually much more than that.
We have friends who aren’t Christians? Family that aren’t Christians? Do we love them? Have we told them about Christ? Do we live the Gospel out in their presence?
“They stand on a slippery slope. Nothing holding them out of an eternal Hell but the pleasure of God. By pleasure I mean His sovereign pleasure, his arbitrary will. They are already condemned to hell.”
God isn’t going to hold them out for ever. Everyone dies, and after that – the judgment.
Do our friends even know we are a Christian? And there is a big difference between knowing we go to church, and knowing that we are a Christian. I have lots of friends who go to churches, but are not Christians. When life get’s rough do we ask God for deliverance and thank Him for His sovereign plan? Or do we vomit our fear, uncertainty, and anger to our friends or all over Facebook?
If we handle life’s situations in the same way as those who don’t know Christ, how will they see him in us? Why would they want a relationship with a God who doesn’t seem to be doing anything for us? Why bother?
As Christians it’s our Job to love others. To follow Jesus, and that doesn’t mean just coming to church or memorizing the whole of the Bible; it means taking up our cross and following Him. Do what Jesus did, not just internally acknowledge that He did something.
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay each person according to what he has done.
Matthew 16:24-27 ESV
So what do we tell them?
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 3:2 ESV
John the Baptist did his job.
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Matthew 4:17 ESV
Jesus did his job. If Jesus had sat on His butt all day talking religion with the Apostles instead of walking and teaching, and sharing the message of the Gospel, we would have no reason to talk about Him. He wouldn’t be the most well known man in history. The Bible would not exist. If Jesus hadn’t walked the walk, and talked the talk, He wouldn’t have died for our sins, and we’d have no salvation.
More than ever, people need to see Jesus when they look at us. They need to hear that they must repent. We need to turn from our life of sin, and live the Christian life everyday. Most people only see the unfortunate examples. Ted Haggard. Jimmy Baker. The religious extremists who blow up abortion clinics in the name of God. The Westboro Baptist Churches. No wonder people reject Christianity. They see all the bad examples, because we don’t do our job.
Fritz Kreisler (1875-1962), the world-famous violinist, earned a fortune with his concerts and compositions, but he generously gave most of it away. So, when he discovered an exquisite violin on one of his trips, he wasn’t able to buy it. Later, having raised enough money to meet the asking price, he returned to the seller, hoping to purchase the beautiful instrument. But to his great dismay it had been sold to a collector. Kreisler made his way to the new owner’s home and offered to buy the violin. The collector said it had become his prized possession and he would not sell it. Keenly disappointed, Kreisler was about to leave when he had an idea. “Could I play the instrument once more before it is consigned to silence?” he asked. Permission was granted, and the great virtuoso filled the room with such heart-moving music that the collector’s emotions were deeply stirred. “I have no right to keep that to myself,” he exclaimed. “It’s yours, Mr. Kreisler. Take it into the world, and let people hear it.”
We have been given a gift; a heart-moving, life-changing gift. A gift that we have no right to keep to ourselves. We need to take it into the world and let people hear it. Let people see it. Let people be changed by it. Everyday. In public. In front of everyone.
Those 6,319 people are still dying. When are we going to start doing our job?