7/13/15 Let’s Be Clear
One of my friends has a radio show on which she discusses various topics of interest with her guests and audience. When she wants to make a point, especially a spiritual point, she starts her comments with the phrase, “Let’s be clear.” I love that. She is sure about her position and wants to be sure her audience clearly understands exactly what she is saying.
As Christians, it’s more important than ever that we clearly communicate the message about the truth of the Word of God. We cannot be ignorant of, nor bashful about what the Bible has to say. Paul’s deportment among the Athenians in Acts 17 is a great example. The story tells us that “all the Athenians and the foreigners who were there spent their time in nothing else but either to tell or to hear some new thing” Acts 17:21 (NKJ). So Paul approached them and said, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for as I was passing through and considering the objects of your worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you” Acts 17:22-23 (NKJ).
So many people in our world know of Jesus, but they do not know Him in a personal way. The Great Commission is still in force, commanding us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15 (NKJ). This assignment not only tells us to go, but presupposes we will know what to say to people.
Are we focused on proclaiming God and preaching the Gospel? Let’s be clear about both the command (it’s not an option) and the commission (it’s a specific message).
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