Summary: What would happen if we unleashed ourselves to take the truth to a lost world? Is my life being confined within boundaries, could I be convicted of being a Christian?
Tracy and I were riding our bike and we passed a house that had a little dog running at us full speed. All of a sudden he stopped he had come to the end of his leash and just barked at us. What if he could go outside his boundaries, what if he were unleashed? Questions starting coming to mind… What if we as Christians were unleashed, not letting boundaries hold us in our comfort zone? When is the last time you talked to someone about the Gospel? When is the last time you invited someone to church services. Don’t know of anyone, can’t find a single person to invite? You’re not looking!
What would happen if we unleashed ourselves to take the truth to a lost world? Is my life being confined within boundaries, could I be convicted of being a Christian?
2 Corinthians 5:20 (NKJV)
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
As Christians we are Christ’s ambassadors, we represent the King of Kings! How can we do that with boundaries! Am I willing to be uncomfortable for the sake of Christ?
Look at Paul’s trials:
2 Corinthians 11:25-28 (NIV)
25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.
When Paul was converted he was transformed, his life reflected that of a follower of Christ…a Christian.
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.
We all are at different levels in our Christian walk, but each one of us should be striving for gain, transforming our lives!
Romans 12:2New Living Translation (NLT)-2 don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
To be transformed we must:
Love God- Mark 12:29-30 (NKJV)
29 Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.
We must Love our Neighbors- Mark 12:31 (NKJV)
31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”