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Drawing People to Hear the Gospel

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Drawing People to Hear the Gospel

Key Scripture

1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
[11]Make it your goal to live a quiet life, minding your own business and working with your hands, just as we instructed you before.
[12]Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others

Digest

Well, it’s okay to say things like, “I don’t care what anybody thinks” or “I’ll do it however I like”, but we need to understand that as believers, there is a limit to which we can use the freedom provided us in this world in our decision making, and in relating with other people.

I recall an experience were God gave me direction to carry out a particular task, a lot of people close to me kicked against it when I shared it with them…well it was nothing bad, just a bit risky. Then after a while I said to myself, “I don’t care what anybody thinks, I’ll do what God has said”, it was a bold step, and it paid off well. Now that scenario is different from a person who wants to steal an item, but still uses “I don’t care what anybody thinks” as an excuse…it’s the same statement, but they both serve different purposes. One to forward God’s agenda, the other to forward a selfish agenda, and as believers we should have God’s agenda for our lives as our highest priority. As much as we have been given freedom by society and by God to do whatsoever, what people think about the actions we take matter. They should matter to us because they matter to God.

In our key scripture Apostle Paul asked the believers to make it a goal to live a quiet life, mind their business, and to engage in productive labour. Why was he saying this? Well he explains further in the next verse:

[12]Then people who are not believers will respect the way you live, and you will not need to depend on others

He makes it clear that a major reason is so that people who aren’t believers would see them and respect the way they live. This means that the image we portray to unbelievers is very important, and we are to deliberately protect that image, and see that we live honest lives…you can do what you want, but don’t push it, don’t make others especially unbelievers have a reason to not feel at ease with how you live. You aren’t trying to just please people, in fact you can’t please everybody, but you are living the way God has intended you do.

The truth is if you live this way, unbelievers would give you a listening ear, they would be willing and ready to hear you whenever you desire to preach the gospel message to them. It’s only natural for anybody to give a listening ear to anyone they respect. So be conscious about how you live, it can draw unbelievers to you, and have them be willing to hear the gospel from you.

#pray

Lord Jesus, teach me to live as you have directed, and to always be conscious of you in me, amen.

Author – Gem

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