Weekly encouraging messages from our Pastor Ray…..enjoy and be uplifted.
Eyes to See
Jesus gave us a command in Matt.28:19 to Go and make disciples. Most of us become a little concerned when we read this scripture because we think we’re not good enough to fulfill this role – and in extreme cases some begin to feel condemned. We think we need to become qualified teachers, preachers or Evangelists before we can share the word of God with others – not so.
God just needs a willing heart – that’s all. He’s done something in each of our lives, and we have a testimony of it to share with others – even if it’s one other person – wherever that may be.
Two of the things we fear most about sharing the Word with others is that:
- We fear that we will be rejected.
- We think we don’t have enough knowledge.
How do I know this? Simply because I was there! I had the same fears. Eventually, I asked the Lord to help me with these concerns, and what He showed me was very interesting.
With reference to the fear of sharing His word with others, I came across the parable of the Sower in Matt.13:1-23 The parable shows the farmer spreading the seed. The farmer’s job, is to spread the seed. As he does so, some are immediately eaten by birds, some land on rocky ground, grow and then die, some are choked by weeds and thorns and others fall on fertile ground, producing good fruit.
Likewise, our job is simply to spread the seed. It shouldn’t concern us as to where the seed lands or if it will grow – we must just spread the seed. Jesus said not all the people we share with will begin to follow Him – only some, in fact only ‘few’ Matt.7:14. People are not rejecting us when we share His word, they are rejecting God. Don’t take it personally when others reject what you are saying about God – Jesus explains that it’s in His plan, that sadly, some will decline Him.
In the parable, the disciples asked Jesus why, when He shared with the crowd, that He spoke in parables. Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted” Matt.13:11-12.
That seemed to be a rather shocking answer. Why would Jesus say that it hasn’t been granted to the majority to understand the things of the Kingdom of God? It almost sounds as though God had chosen only certain people to understand His principles. However, that doesn’t sound like God’s character to me. No, Jesus turned to His ‘Bible’ (of the time), and used scripture to answer the question. He showed the disciples that the prophecy of Isaiah was being fulfilled regarding the ‘crowd’… “for the heart of this people has become dull, with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes, otherwise they would see with their eyes, hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts and return, and I would heal them’ Matt. 13:15.
Jesus said if THEY (themselves) hadn’t closed their eyes and ears, they would understand. It’s not up to us to know who will and who won’t receive the Lord – our job is just to share with others – at all levels of life. It’s God’s job to “draw them to Him” John 6:44;65. If people will only open their eyes and ears and turn to God, then He will heal them.
When we share God with others, it’s not really about knowledge of God, but it’s about knowing Him, and then simply sharing what He has done, in us. Jesus gave us this assurance…“To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted” (Matt.13:11-12).
So… there is no need to fear being rejected or that we don’t have enough knowledge, Jesus says this to you today ….“But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” Matt.13:16-17.
Remember, the Lord needs a willing heart – that’s all. Be blessed as the Master draws you closer to Him this week. Until next time… Amen.
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