Editor’s Note: This was sent to me by Will McPherson. It contains many legitimate questions and “food for thought”. I will add some comments below. You, the readers of this blog, are invited to share your thoughts.
Jesus Christ commanded his disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” And, that we are the “light of the world.” Roman’s 10:14,15 speaks to the sharing of knowledge. Other related scriptures such as the parable of the talents and many Psalms refer to declaring God’s truth; Psalms 26:7, 40:10, 68:11, 71:15,16, 51:13, 66:16,17, 105:1, 118:17, among others.
And then there is this in Luke 10:1,2 “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
Finally, beginning in Matthew 5:13, we see clear references to our role as disciples. This admonition ends in verse 19: “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Some have been in the Church for decades and have a vast knowledge of the scriptures and God’s truth. What is our responsibility to this knowledge? Other’s have only begun their quest for the Truth. What role can they play?
Some say we are only to speak of God’s truth when asked; should this be our attitude? Are we to develop this knowledge for ourselves alone that we might attain to eternal life? Is Christ talking to us to “preach the Gospel” or was that just for the 12? Or, did He mean it only for the “ministers” in the Church?
I wouldn’t suppose it would be proper to stand on a street corner with a sign reading, “Observe the Commandments”. However, if we are “the light of the world”, and the light should not be hidden, then how can we position ourselves to shine our light and share the knowledge of the truth to the lost world around us, some of whom God may be calling?
The vast majority of those in the Church I’ve spoken to say it is not our responsibility to speak of God’s truth unless someone asks about it. Should this be our attitude? Other’s are yearning to share God’s truth and their vast knowledge and understanding; searching for appropriate ways to do it.
by Will McPherson
Sharing the word of God to individuals on a one on one basis can be a very shall we say explosive situation. It is one thing to preach the word of God to an audience As Christ did but quite another to share in person. Sharing is a form of teaching not preaching. You are reaching out to an individual much as Christ did when He sat with His disciples teaching them, but remember when he told them that it was given for them to know these things but not so for those who were not called to understand at that time.
The Purpose of the Parables
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
Mat 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Also, Christ warned us to not cast our pearls before swine lest they turn and rend you.
Mat_7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
That means that we need to have some evidence that the person we are sharing with has shown some interest in learning otherwise folks can get upset.
And yet we can see the impact regular folks had to the world of that time when they were forced to flee from Jerusalem, they set the world upside by sharing the Gospel with the world around them.
Act_17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;
I have always been taught that the Gospel of the Kingdom being “preached” to the world will reach the ears of those whom God is calling. But we do reach these people ourselves by the light we give to those around us.
Have you been of service to your fellow man recently? Have you helped someone around you in need of food or service. Are your actions in the community reflecting Christ and how He would have acted? How do you respond when you are under pressure? Do you give in to anger or are you able to maintain a calm demeanor trusting in God?
These are the things people see in us, not the words that we speak that are not asked for. If God is calling someone close to us, be assured that our actions will cause that person to ask us about the hope that lies within us.
Now saying that, are you truly prepared to give that answer clearly and with enough detail to reach the minds of the person inquiring of us. Brethren, we are all going to be teachers in the Kingdom of God and we need to be learning how to teach/share what we have been given. And to learn it well. What if someone asked you a question and you could not answer it well and they walked away never going any further. You may have caused someone to lose out on their opportunity to be a part of God’s Firstfruits.
1Pe_3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
Did you catch that? you are to answer with meekness and FEAR! First you are not on a soapbox preaching to someone and second, you should fear that you are not answering them well enough. Otherwise what is there to fear?
We would still like to hear your comments on these points because there is some overlap in what should and should not be done.
By Raymond Mills