Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Evangelize or Fossilize
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.
Have you ever noticed that when you start talking about one of God’s qualities, by the time you have finished the conversation, you find yourself enjoying and appreciating that very quality even more? You start telling people how wonderful Jesus is, and by the time you are finished, you are in awe of Him too.
You will sometimes hear people say, “I am so spiritually dry, even though I have been going to church and studying the Bible.” My questions to the person making such a statement would be: When is the last time you shared your faith with someone? When is the last time you got into a dialogue with someone about what you believe? When is the last time you reached out to someone who was really hurting?
It is an amazing thing, but as you give out, God gives to you. There is something very interesting about the Christian life, the dynamic of truth that God puts in the lives of His people. The more you give it out, the more God gives to you. The more you keep it to yourself, the less impact it has on your life. When you are sharing the gospel with someone and telling them about what God has done for you, it just comes alive. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38).
If you generously give out your faith to others, God will replenish your supply. But if you hoard your faith and rarely share it with other people, then you will find yourself stagnating spiritually. Here is your choice: Evangelize or fossilize.
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