“Then He said, “Assuredly, I say to you, no prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath, in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.””
Luke 4:24-27 NKJV
As I read through the New Testament Gospels, I have noticed a pattern: the people who were most likely to respond to Jesus were those who were not of the chosen, but gentiles, outside of the household of faith.
Those who had an understanding of what the Scripture said, ignored Jesus’ teachings, and even went so far as to destroy Him. They no longer had a connection to the heart of God.
In my own efforts to witness and share the Gospel, I have noticed that religious people, who do not know the Lord, are the ones hardest to reach. I am sad as I recognize that many, if not most of the people I know who profess to be Christian, are not actually born again. In most cases, they have had some kind of experience, or said a prayer, walked an aisle, been confirmed, etc.
They have not had that personal contact between Holy Spirit and heart, conviction over sin, and conversion of their souls. Not only are they hard to reach for salvation, but they have no desire for the spiritual things of God.
Jesus in Luke chapter 4 was in such a predicament as He spoke to the spiritual leaders, only to have them desire to kill Him. They got the gist of His message, were convicted by the fact that gentiles, dogs, were the only ones amongst them moved by God.
We are living in a time when many people are turning from the true, spiritual truths of the Lord. Many churches have turned from those truths of Scripture, to following after patterns of the world.
Church denominations have opted to become “woke” to address the various situations confronting people today. Social justice has become the concern, when God’s coming justice should of paramount importance. We have ignored the one thing that can change society: the Gospel.
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”
Mark 16:15-16 NKJV
Jesus told us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel. I am finding out more and more that people are less willing to bear the message of Scripture, with its admonitions, with its dealing with sin, and its command to go and tell.
Often there is hostility, in all sectors. I have been in situations where I have been personally attacked because I have a habit of steering clear of politics, focusing instead of knowing Jesus and making Him known.
Some people insist on only hearing the comforting things of God, as their ears have become prickling, needing a gentle rub. The easy thing is to give the people what they want. The responisble thing, and harder, is to give them the truth. As Paul exhorted Tomothy:
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
II Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV
Brothers and sisters, do not become weary in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is the essential message in these perilous times, as our world careens in a downward spiral toward oblivion.
I will tell you ahead of time that few will hear you. You will be ignored the most by people who are the closest to you. I have great sadness when I consider that there will be family members who I have tried to reach, who are destined for hell.
Be bold to share, to tell of what Jesus has done for you. Tell of lives changed, of lives restored, of marriages saved, of wounds healed. Many hearts are bleeding, damaged, and needing the healing touch of Jesus.
Open your mouths and speak!
THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests!