When I was first saved I was so ecstatic about being forgiven and knowing that the Lord was real I just wanted everyone to be saved. I wanted all my friends and co-workers to know the love I was feeling and for them to know the person who was showing me this love. Needless to say I wasn’t received very well. Not that everyone was mean to me or anything like that. It was more that I received an attitude like, oh great now he’s gonna start preaching to all of us about how we are going to hell. I mean yes if you don’t confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead then yes you’re going to Hell. But I’m pretty sure everyone in America has already heard this once or twice in their lives. So now what?
I knew I was a sinner. Am, I know I am a sinner. But I knew it back before I was saved. I was even kinda proud of it. Yeah I’m a sinner F you christian person trying to tell me how to live my life! So how do you deal with that guy? A guy like me? I remember being mad at all the Christian’s I ever knew after I was saved. I would see one after being saved and want to say,”Guess what, Jesus saved me no thanks to you!” I may have even verbally declared this to one or two of them. Possibly. Ok, ok I did. I was mad that nobody tried to sit me down and explain who Jesus is and why, where, when, what and how He is. It took a long while, years in fact to understand that not everyone can explain the Bible and Jesus. It also took me years to understand that I wouldn’t have listened even if they had tried. Ironically enough my good friend John says he tried but I don’t remember that at all. My eyes and ears were shut.
How do we reach the deaf, blind and stubborn like me?
How do I be ready?
Throughout the Bible we are told to “Be ready” for a lot of things. But the one thing I am focusing on at this point of my life relates to the following verse.
1 Peter 3:15 -And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always BE READY to explain it. 16 But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 17 Remember, it is better to suffer for doing good, if that is what God wants, than to suffer for doing wrong!
I need to be ready to explain in a GENTLE and RESPECTFUL way. Not go out and preach. I need to be able to explain Jesus, the Gospel and my hope face to face, when someone asks. I wonder where I should start first, hmmm. Oh I know, the Bible. I use the NLT version of the Bible. It’s easier for me to understand because I’m no scholar and I get confused easily. I’m going to study the Bible and share my studies and stories here for the duration of this blogs life.
I’m gonna vegetate on this verse for the rest of the night and write more soon.
May God bless you and your’s and I’m not just saying that,
P.S. Yes I said vegetate.