My regular readers will know by now that I believe us to be, timewise, coming in to the last of the last days but I also believe that as the shaking continues, opening up are opportunities to spread the good news of the gospel in this dark and sickly society that we currently reside in. As people see their normal lives disappearing into the distance, anxieties rise and questions start to be asked. However, as I shared last week the mockery is real and none of us like to be ridiculed but the cost of keeping quiet is akin to a trained paramedic walking past a child choking and not stopping to try and save them.
Reading a book this week (Grain for the Famine – James Jacob Prasch) I looked again at this story; Raising Lazarus from the dead – Jesus asked the people to roll away the stone that was across the tomb of Lazarus, He then called Lazarus out from amongst the dead and tells the people to remove the grave clothes that Lazarus is still draped in.
I learned then that as we share the gospel with the unsaved, who are spiritually dead, we, in the spirit, roll away their ‘tombstone’. It is then God and only God who can call them out into life. If they respond to His call then, as before, it is us who by Discipling and sharing the Word, remove those grave clothes still clinging to their bodies.
John chapter 11 verse 38 to 44
38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance will stop this 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there for days.”40 Then Jesus said, “did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, Father, I thank you that you have heard me.42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”44 the dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”
As I read and then re-read the Scriptures I began to see, in the objections of those tasked with rolling away the stone, a real parallel with the objections that run through my mind before I witness to anybody. In addition to the fear of mockery, I raise logical objections within my mind as though the battle is solely of this world and of the flesh. For example, there is obviously no point sharing with him or her, they are far too worldly/far too successful/far too lost/far better educated than me et cetera. In other words, they are too long dead and the stench is too bad!
Well, the choice is theirs to make but unless I want their blood on my hands, I need to be offering that choice. I ensure that I share the gospel with those I love. I need to ensure that I share the gospel with those that He loves.
Will it be a battle? In my experience Satan doesn’t give up his souls without a fight. As a Christian Soldier I should know how to prepare for and then approach a battle with my armour on, my sword in hand and my ear attuned to the sound of the Holy Spirit blowing his trumpet. Now!
God bless you all.