We live in a fallen world amongst believers and non-believers, God-lovers and God-haters, and how we live as believers impacts the world around us and the reputation of Jesus Christ.
What is our responsibility? “’Therefore you are My witnesses,’ Says the LORD, ‘that I am God.’” Isaiah 42:12; “For Jacob My servant’s sake, And Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other; There is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, That they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting That there is none besides Me. I am the LORD, and there is no other…” Isaiah 45:4-7 (underlining mine)
We are His witnesses for what purpose? That others will know that He alone is God, there is no other.
To you it was shown, that you might know that the LORD Himself is God; there is none
other besides Him… Therefore know this day, and consider it in your heart, that the LORD Himself is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. Deuteronomy 4:35, 39; Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6
I can’t help but wonder about those who feel their role, their responsibility, is to make Jesus look “cool” so they seek to blend in and often look like the rest of the world because they don’t want to offend the non-believer. Blending in to make Jesus look cool or more attractive to others is misguided, in my opinion. Blending in to open doors of opportunity to share the truth of the Gospel has an entirely different motive. But caution is warranted… what are the long-term consequences of any choices made to blend in?
We must never compromise the truth that God has set us apart as His witnesses that others may know that He alone is God. Don’t be less set apart to draw people in. Isn’t that what Paul rebuked Peter for?
“But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, ‘If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?’” Galatians 2:14
We are all witnesses. We may be a witness to the One True God or we may be a witness to our own version of God – the cooler, hipper, more socially acceptable God. Who are you witnessing to today?
You are blessed, Diane