Evangelism, Salvation

Preaching To The Choir

I am quite sure the vast majority of us have heard the phrase, “Preaching to the Choir.” Just in case you are in the minority let me give you the definition according to urbandictionary.com :). Preaching to the choiryou are trying to make believers out of people who already believe, or convince people who are already convinced.

And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5: 31-32 KJV)

As much as I love writing for EmpowerMoments, sometimes it can be an overwhelming task. Although I don’t always get it right, I want my messages to speak to people at all levels. Sometimes I notice that many of the blogs are written for people who have some foundation and experience with Christ. Although you may receive confirmation and encouragement through the process, my goal is to reach people who either have shaky foundations or none at all. I am trying to reach and teach my fellow “breakers of the ten commandments.” My goal isn’t to judge through my writing but to let you know that I relate to your human experience. Just like many of you, sometimes I wonder if God hears me or knows the trials I am going through. Some of you may wonder if God even cares about you. At times, I have the audacity to question Him too. Many times I get so caught up in finding a scripture to fit “my” story, that I almost miss the opportunity to convey the story in a way that it is relevant to your life.

Just as it is with EmpowerMoments, it is with life. Many of us find ourselves entertaining friends, family and even strangers in our daily encounters. It is our opportunity to bring someone to Christ but sometimes we can be judgmental, “holier than thou art” and turn people away. Jesus’ style of witnessing was refreshing. He showed mercy and compassion through His actions and won souls by telling illustrative stories (parables) that people could relate to. Unlike the supercritical Pharisees, He didn’t spend His time sharing the good news with people who already knew it, instead He dined with sinners.

Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke 15:1-7 NIV)

Many of us need to be more like Jesus. Step out of our comfort zones and look for lost sheep. The majority of us don’t have to look far and some of us don’t have to leave the house. What we have to keep in mind is that God loves sinners (not sin) just as much as He loves everyone else; therefore, our approach should be out of love. We are called for His purpose and that is to make believers out of nonbelievers. Will you continue to preach to the choir or search for lost sheep?

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for allowing my life to be a testimony for You. Help me to teach in a way that shows more of You through the lessons You have taught me. Forgive me and show me when I am placing judgment and self-righteousness in the way of relating to people and winning souls for You. Lord, if there be anyone that is reading this who does not know You, God I ask that you open up their heart to receive You and that they beg Your forgiveness for their sins. Send someone in their life that can minister to their spirit. Allow them to be a witness for You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Today I EMPOWER you to look beyond the choir! Go to lunch or have a sit down with someone that is a lost or wayward sheep. I EMPOWER you to remember from whence you came and let your light shine while you bring others to the fold.

Ms. Chancee` Lundy currently resides in Atlanta, GA and is a small business co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend, community servant, and child of God. She is passionate about causes that truly uplift the community. One of her favorite scriptures is Hebrews 11:6: And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

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13 thoughts on “Preaching To The Choir”

  1. Chancee this post is packed with power. It has caused me to reflect. I want to be the light that someone else was for me when I needed it. Your post blessed me so, although I am part of the choir, LOL “Sopranos stand up!!!” I needed this reminder, awareness, lesson, enlightenment, or whatever we want to call it to keep myself on track to make sure that I am not just dining with the choir, but serving the sinners………..in hopes of introducing them to Christ.

    Thank you, I needed this today.

    1. Thanks Kay, I often have to pause and reflect on how I approach situations because its great to share the good news with our friends who already have strong faith; but, sometimes we have to tailor our approach depending on the people we talk to. There are even times when I am going through that honestly I don’t want a “preachy” message…I want to know that you too are human and can relate to what I am going through. I’m not one of those “too stressed to be blessed”…”to anointed to be disappointed” type of people because honestly there are times in life when I am stressed and disappointed. I don’t care how BIG your BIBLE is every now and then you will face trials. I am glad there was a message in this word for you. 🙂

    1. Tiffany we do our best and I don’t think many people understand how difficult it is to write these messages and undress our lives in front of God knows who. Thanks for the compliment we definitely appreciate every word of encouragement.

  2. Thanks Chancee. I have been wrecking my brain about forwarding EmpowerMoments to an associate of mines. She txtd me her email address out of the blue & asked if I would email her sometimes. It was randomly put on my heart to send e.m. to her but I’ve been reluctant because I’m not sure if she’ll open it up or not.From reading this post it doesn’t hurt to try. Can’t speak for others but I’m making room for spiritual growth & allowing it to enter into my life by several means. Wonderful post 🙂

  3. Amber you can introduce the messages just as they were introduced to you. Send her one and tell her that you receive these messages every morning and they are like “girl talk” with a devotional twist. Send her a few and then give her the chance to subscribe on her own. You never know where it will lead.

  4. AMEN!!!! I have been battling with myself on wether or not I should tell a few young ladies from work about the site. I was being judgemental & I was afraid of how they would recieve it. Like Amber said, it doesnt hurt to try. Thanks you guys. Im just trying out for the choir myself, so Im going to share all I have to get my spot.

    1. Just Do It Tenika!!! Your mission is the Great Commission. Spread the gospel and even if it falls on deaf ears you have done your part.

  5. To everyone struggling with sharing the EmpowerMoments–I send them to EVERYONE I know. Im sure that some of my email contacts get mad with my daily barrage of EmpowerMoments. But I also know that Gods word does what it was purposed to do. Even if theyve never opened one, the one day they click open the EmpowerMoment will speak to their exact situation…

  6. Chancee`, Funny that you should write about this. I was having a conversation with someone Monday night after I left a funeral for a very young girl. I told them how I was sititng next to a young lady who was so angry that she began to curse out loud. My friend on the phone replied, “in the church,” in her most digusted voice. But I was so glad that I was the one sitting next to her at that moment. It wasnt a time to judge her, but to love her. I grabbed her and gave her a hug until she calmed down. The interesting thing about love is that really does cover a multitude of sins. Later in the evening she was inquiring about church and what time the services were so that she could come Sunday. Imagine if I did the “churchy” thing and looked down on her…

    Thanks for this. 🙂

    1. Aww Krissy… People are hurting and are in pain everywhere sometimes all they need is to feel love and I am glad that God laid it on your heart to reach out instead of turn your head in disgust…that would have been Pharisee behavior. 😉

  7. WOW, this post is awesome! Chancee it’s easier to preach to the choir. As a minister I had to realize that I needed to encourage the lost because Luke 15:3 “Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. ” I am encouraged to continue preaching to the people that man counted out to assure them that God has a place for them. Empowermoments have encouraged me to not be ashamed to tell my story because people need to hear that yes I am a child of the King but I am not perfect. Thank you for sharing this word!

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