It’s Throwback Thursday! This EmpowerMoment was originally published on August 24, 2011. Enjoy this blast from the past!
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 choir – you 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?
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.
Read a related EmpowerMoment: Put That Bible Down!
Ms. Chancee` Lundy lives in Washington, DC and is an entrepreneur as she is the co-owner of Nspiregreen, LLC, an environmental consulting firm. She is also a dedicated daughter, sister, friend and community servant. She has used her gift of public speaking to lead workshops across the globe speaking to crowds as large as 10,000 people. Her guiding scriptures this week are Philippians 4:11-13 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthened me.”