Why Don’t We Share Our Faith?
By Aaron Mitchell
Could it be, we have a theological reason why we don’t share our faith? Do we think, “Heaven and Hell are not a reality?” Could it be, we don’t feel compelled to evangelize because we have subscribed to comfortable chosen theology and it is not an important thing to talk about Jesus, because ultimately Jesus will choose whoever He wants anyway?” Forget that. Jesus’ last words before ascending into heaven were, “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).”
We Christians are great at being comfortable with verses in Romans that require studying context, authorship and audience, while disregarding Jesus who was very plain and straightforward with His ascending words.
I have a third reason that struck me as I sat down to give my testimony with some young people this week. The third reason is, we do not truly understand the story. I spoke to them about Jesus Christ saving my soul permanently. I told them about how the Christian faith is the completion of the Jewish faith. I spoke to them about how on The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), there was a great slaughter of bulls and goats. I spoke about how the families of Israel looked on and understood the great and grave consequence of their sin and they understood their sin costs something.
As believers today, we look back to the cross. The sacrifices pointed to the cross. That is what it means when people say, “The Old Testament is The New Testament concealed, and The New Testament is The Old Testament revealed.” It is a complete story.
The message of the Christian Gospel is; all we have is a response. Jesus died for us, He rose from the grave, so what are we going to do? It is not about forgiveness. Forgiveness is what we give our children when they have apologized enough for a transgression. It is what we give our spouse when we feel we have held a grudge long enough.
The Gospel is: “While, we were enemies of God, He died for us (Romans 5:10).” We were fighting against Him as the army of humanity and He still died for us. He died for Isis, He died for Nazis, He died for the angry atheist and He died for me. That is what we call The Atonement. He paid our sin debt in full. For some reason, we desperately want to be a part of our own salvation. We desperately want to be able to take credit for it.
Later the same day, I met up with another man. I met someone who understood his bankruptcy. He feared for his own life. He feared that he might not have much time left on earth. He understood like a little child that he couldn’t do anything to help himself. He understood, that Jesus really died for him. Praise God He was ready for Jesus!
Do you understand your bankruptcy without Jesus Christ? Have you ever trusted in The Atonement of Jesus Christ to take away your sins past, present and future? The Atonement is the Gospel. You are bankrupt. Look on and see the sinless Son of God who died for you and for me. He was on the cross, but is not anymore. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, hating the shame of it (Hebrews 12:2). When you are committed to Jesus, you never have to worry again and your life begins to be a response to the grace of God.
“Jesus I want to trust you. What you did was complete. You paid my sin debt in full. I am sorry for my sin. Help this to be the first day of the rest of my life responding to the grace God.”
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