A Christian without any passion for the lost or burning desire to be spent for Christ and the salvation of the world is living a lukewarm life or severely backslidden and could not be saved as well.
“And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.”
This passion and commitment come when our hearts are fully surrendered to Christ.
“But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.”
A good example; the apostle Paul had every excuse not to witness because he was an apostle but he still did witness. But he prayed,
and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak
- Do you qualify to be a witness for Christ? take a look at the qualifications that you can find in scriptures.
1 Corinthians 2:1-3
And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, as you can see from these verses you do qualify to be a witness for Christ.
Just determine to be a true and faithful witness even if your scared. If we’re Christian followers of Jesus we will be fishers of men.
- Matthew 4:19
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.
You may not feel brave when you do it but true courage is when you have fear but do it anyway.
- Matthew 14:27
“But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”
You need to have the zeal of God make it a matter of earnest prayer to God lukewarmness in our love for God is a great insult to Jesus and if you don’t love God with your heart, soul, mind, and strength you definitely should repent.
If you don’t have the zeal of God eating you up and you’re not hot for Him you’re a backslider in a heart filled with your own ways basically your not part of the body of Christ. Remember all He did for you on the cross.
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Who wouldn’t be interested in everlasting life and if they won’t hear pray for them.”
I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.
Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
Just remember, 1 John 4:18
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.”
Have great love and passion for God that will help you out of your fear. Even when scared and feeling dumb you can do it with Christ’s help. Have a true faith be faithful to be a witness don’t let yourself be chastened by God for not doing what He asked.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
We definitely should return the love of God and abound for the great work of the Lord and we should walk in His footsteps.
What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost?
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I will have reason to glory because I did not run in vain nor toil in vain.”
- It is more blessed to give than to receive; give everyone the gospel.
Thanks to getting on fire for God, which I used as an outline for some of this.