How Can I Reach My City With The Gospel? (Part 4)
“Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright
will I shew the salvation of God.”
“My son, fear thou the Lord and the king: and meddle not with them that are given to change: For their calamity shall rise suddenly; and who knoweth the ruin of them both.”
Reaching people in today’s modern world seems like an enormous task. People today have more information at their fingertips, through technology, now more than ever. The people can communicate with their families that are hundreds and even thousands of miles away with the simple push of a button. They are reminded that human engineering and ingenuity has prevailed. The people take pride in the accomplishments of there own hands. However, there is one thing missing: Peace.
Humanity scurries around in human learning and reasoning much like a rabbit in the darkness. They think that they know what’s best but they know not that they are borrowing time from The Master. They avoid the Light of the Gospel message because of it’s conviction and condemnation. They reject the gospel just like babies reject sour milk. So, how do we reach people that are so fixed on rejecting what’s good for them? How Can I reach My City With The Gospel?
Today, in our final devotional of this series, we see the last tenant of advice for reaching your city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t Compromise! Before we talk about how others have compromised their message, we must first define what compromise is:
Compromise – a settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement reached by adjustment of conflicting or opposing claims, principles, etc., by reciprocal modification of demands; an endangering, especially of reputation; exposure to danger, suspicion, etc.; to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize; to make a dishonorable or shameful concession.
So in a nutshell we see that compromise is:
A. An agreement between two parties to overlook or move past differences.
B. An agreement to adjust or alter conflicts between multiple parties.
C. An endangering of reputation.
D. An exposure to dangerous conditions or situations.
E. An exposure to put someone or something in danger.
F. An opportunity to dishonor or shame.
Compromise is very dangerous to the gospel message because it:
A. Is an agreement with the world to not mention the differences between their sinful lifestyles and Jesus’ holy and righteous life.
B. Is the justification to adjust or alter the Holy Inspired Word of God for sinners so that they can feel better about themselves and their time in church.
C. Is a direct way to damage the reputation of our Lord Jesus Christ by making Him appear to accept carnality and unrighteousness when His Word says otherwise.
D. Is a very dangerous situation that could make a person believe that they are born-again when they may not be at all. AKA, A Head Knowledge But Not A Heart Knowledge!
E & F. Is a very real way to begin the process of killing a church or a body of believers.
So how do we defend against compromise as when we are trying to reach our city for Jesus Christ?
I. Always Use Bible To Speak For You, Instead Of Trying To Speak For The Bible
Too often churches and church members will try so hard to “WIN” a soul for Jesus that they will try to explain things in human understanding instead of using the bible as their point of authority. When we begin to compromise the bible and it’s meaning or dismiss it as a historical transcription and not use it as a helpful template for life we miss the riches of His goodness. We need to learn scripture and recite scripture to those in need of help. The bible says in Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” I hear many Christians ask the question “How could someone do __?” and my response is “They don’t either know it’s wrong or they don’t care that it’s wrong”. In this situation they need to hear God’s Words! This is the only thing that will educate and exhort them to seek Him. Not my words, logic or understanding. Don’t reinvent the wheel when there are cars already on the road with them. God has given us His Word to use but how often do we use it or even read it?
II. Always Call Sin What It Is, Instead Of Calling Out Those That Do
The true compromisers of the world will criticize you when you take a stand against sin, corruption and compromise. It amazes me that there are people, who profess Jesus, that ask you to sit down when you take a stand. The bible tells us in Psalms 1:1-2 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.” We see that people can walk, stand and sit with those that don’t help you serve God. As you stand against sin, they will stand against you. They will call you a legalist but as one preacher said “If I’m a legalist then you must be an illegalist”. As you sit with those that sit in heavenly places, there are those that want to pull the chair from underneath you just to watch you fall. Also, as you walk with God in a way that honors Him, they will want to discredit you because of your convictions and standards. We will begin to adopt a spirit of compromise when we are hyper critical of those that have a consistent and close walk with the Lord. Do you have a critical spirit? How is YOUR relationship to God? If you are going to call out those that walk with God, then shouldn’t you be walking with God? You can’t tell someone how to catch fish when you’ve never been fishing yourself. You definitely can’t tell someone how to catch fish when you don’t even own a fishing pole.
III. Always Seek An Open Door To Present The Goodness Of God
The bible says “…Whoso offereth praise glorifieth me: and to him that ordereth his conversation aright will I shew the salvation of God.” The goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance. When someone is having a very bad day, they are secretly asking for an encouragement. In the past, I have offered encouragement to then about the situation and have craftily inserted the gospel of Jesus Christ into the conversation. Those that have a spirit of compromise will try to explain away their need for a Holy God but they need salvation, strengthening and sanctification.
I remember once a young man at my work came in with a broken spirit because he had lost his girlfriend. I had asked him about the situation and let him talk about what he felt then after he had finished talking I began talking. I validated his feelings about the girlfriend but I wasn’t there just to make him feel better. I told him that “just because she left you and broke your heart, doesn’t mean that everyone will“. I said “I know one that will never leave or forsake you. He will never leave you lonely. In fact, He heals the broken hearted and He sets the captive free.” I asked him “Do you want to be introduced?” He said “Yes“. I then presented the gospel of Jesus Christ to him. Seeking an opportunity to present the gospel of Jesus to a thirsty soul will quench their thirst.
I hope that this series has helped you to see how you can reach your city with the gospel of Jesus Christ. It won’t be easy and it won’t be anything glamorous to brag about but you will be seen as a hero in heaven to our Lord. You won’t truly appreciate your salvation until you see the real cost of those living in sin. Please reach out to those around you and present the gospel today. Let us know if this series has helped you in your journey with the Lord. Stay tuned to our other devotionals and devotional series messages. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.