Every one of us who belongs to Christ is perpetually engaged in a battle for control of our mind.
Our flesh is constantly waging war with our spirit to influence whether or not we will succumb to sin or walk away. We all know this, and we all have experienced victory as well as defeat in different areas. Aside from the fact that our flesh is drawn like a moth to the flame to various sinful pleasures, there are other ways in which the old nature rears his ugly head.
One specific area is in the realm of personal witnessing. All too often, I find that I have much more important things going on than to spend my precious time sharing the gospel with a bunch of people who don’t want to hear it anyway. There are fish to be caught, birds to be shot at, sporting events to attend, good TV shows that I can’t miss, etc. And on top of all that, there is some really good fellowship to be had with my hunting budd- Ahem- Christian brothers. What am I describing? Evangelical laziness. We just don’t give it the time.
There is nothing in me that wants to go out and speak to people about the things of God. I would much rather stay home and surf the web or watch television. There is an old adamic nature in me that needs to be continually denied its appetite if I want to serve Jesus and glorify him. I have been in situations where I have gone to certain public places, determining ahead of time that I was going specifically to witness to people, and when I arrived, began looking immediately for some excuse to blow it off and do something else.
Have you been there?
If you’ve ever gone out and done any personal work, then I’m sure you have. Sometimes it is the result of fear, and sometimes it is the result of plain old laziness. We couldn’t be bothered to share the words of everlasting life with people because we are so busy doing our own thing, living our own lives. But the Bible says that we should be “in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom we shine as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life..”
The next time you are confronted with a witnessing opportunity and you are feeling too lazy or too scared to open your mouth, just take a moment and imagine the tables were turned. Imagine that you were on your way to hell and didn’t know it, and this person couldn’t be bothered to take a moment and share the words of eternal life with you. How would you feel about that? Wouldn’t you want to have been told?
Or what would you think of a doctor, who discovered a cure to cancer, but didn’t share the cure with the world because he was going on to further studies as a doctor? Obviously, just the thought is enough to give us a sense of indignation. How much more then, is the gift of everlasting life in comparison with a cure to cancer? And how often do you keep it to yourself when you could be sharing it with those who still sit in the shadow of death?
The world is going to hell. One by one they are falling into an abyss of eternal torment. You and I have been entrusted with the word of reconciliation by our Lord. We must reckon the old man to be dead, and we must be dead indeed to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
The enemy within will come up with all sorts of things for us to be doing other than what we are supposed to be doing, but we must be diligent, continually denying our flesh of its desires and being filled with the Spirit of God.
So be on your guard, and look out for the attitude of laziness and complacency. Determine to ask the Lord to fill you with compassion for the lost, and go out with boldness and power to lead men and women to the source of life, Jesus Christ.