I have been challenged recently with my role as a believer in terms of what is important to my Heavenly Father and what brings great joy to His heart. There are biblical commands that I am responsible to be obedient to, but there is also much blessing when I recognize the incredible position I have brought into by the blood of Christ. There is much teaching regarding our spiritual gifts in terms of where we fit into the local Church and how we are to function outside of the local fellowship where we gather. I confess I have been content over the years to stay within the four walls of the fellowship and not venture too far beyond this safe haven. Why?…I ask myself! Is it good enough to just do the “church worship thing” so I can move on with the rest of the week? After all, worshiping my God and Savior is important, isn’t it? I hope it isn’t a lack of love and appreciation for the One who has redeemed me to Himself. Or maybe I just do not care enough for those who might be heading into a Christ-less eternity. What if I am copping out with the excuse, “Well, it just isn’t my spiritual gift!” Let’s take a look at this for a moment.
Spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ (evangelism) is a command to ALL believers! Do I believe this or does it fall into the “spiritual gifts” argument where only those gifted have this responsibility. There are many spiritual gifts, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” Eph. 4:11. If I stop here with this scripture, I can very easily write off my responsibilities as falling in the “it’s not my spiritual gift” category. But there is more! Paul would instruct Timothy to “…be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Tim. 4:5. “Work”, or ergo, is an action of effort, toiling or doing in contrast to logos, which is in word only. James instructs me to be a “doer” of the Word, not merely a “hearer” of the Word. So I am to be sharing the good news of Jesus Christ whether I feel capable or not. My fears, whether it is the fact that I am reserved and soft spoken, or afraid of not having the correct answer, or being singled out as being different or not “one of the crowd” are no excuses. It is my role as being left here on earth! If worship was my only purpose, why would I be left here when I could worship much better in heaven itself.
One final realization which is quite amazing is presented by Christ himself, “I tell you…, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” Luke 15:7. I can be a player in this heavenly joy! AM I WILLING?