Thursday, September 27, 2007

Pump In Some Oil

New Christians are often great witnesses. In their new found wonder at being saved, they excitedly tell everyone they can about Jesus. Some folk respond to them, many do not. Eventually, their witnessing tends to trail off. Maybe they told everyone they knew and witnessing to strangers is a whole new kettle of fish; maybe the frequency of being shot down has rubbed the shimmer off of things; maybe taking care of all the things that require their attention has distracted them; maybe they just aren't as excited about Jesus.

Life is what it is, and folk are what they are. Our interactions with life and people can act like air and water in the oxidation process-- they seize us up in rust and tarnish and we no longer move nor are moved by what we used to be. All that our anchor is holding, is us back. Some things will never change, people and life won't, but we can, and nothing changes the already initiated, but somewhat calloused, like revival. It is the oil can that gets the tin woodsman chopping again.

The Great Commission will never change, at least not until the end of the age and Christ returns. The Holy Spirit, continuing what Jesus did while he walked upon the earth, is still out and about seeking and saving the lost. If we are walking with Jesus in the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we will be out and about seeking and saving the lost as well. To be with him where he is, is to be doing what he does. He's marching in purpose down the road: it's time for us to pump in some oil and catch up with him.

Addendum: A nice exploration of a similar subject, as well as here.


Josh said...

I just love seeing someone get saved. Becuase they dew have a fire for God. They aren't affraid of nothing. All they now is that God did something for them and they want to tell the world about it. I believe that flame dwendels sometimes because Christians around them aren't the same way. It's one of those old saying. You'll become like the person you hang around. Iv'e seen some that didn't care what people thought. They kept on speaking. The thing is that we are all called out to spread the goodnews. The thing is Christian make up excuses why they don't. God wants me to have them be my friends first or God wants me to pray for people to come to speak about the goodnews. All the times that I've read the Bible I haven't once read that people are excused from spreading the goodnews. It says everyone. Most people have let the devil convince them that they can't do it just because he doesn't want it to happen. The thing is the more people you get saved that same fire the was ablaze inside when you got saved will return. It will even be stronger than before. It's time for Christians to stop making excuses and start acting on the word of God. Let's don't wait for them to be our friends before telling them about God. It should be the first thing. Who's first in your life God or friends. You might only have one chance on saving an individual. Don't waste it.

Anonymous said...

Amen to that, slw.
I sometimes wonder why we have the baptism of the Holy Ghost...Acts 2 seems pretty remote to the present day church.

Here's something else to chew on. You may have heard/read this before. At the turn of the last century (1900), there was a missionary conference and a particular missionary got up and said,"If one person was saved in 1900, and with each successive year he and each new convert led just one person to the Lord, how long would it take to evangelize the world?" Answer...37 years (1937)!?!

SLW said...

Welcome Josh, to the Sound.

Powerful words indeed! Thanks for the exhortation.

I went to Bible College in Minneapolis, and ministered in White Bear Lake under Mike Smith. He's in Maplewood now, with Redeeming Love Church. It's always nice to run into one of the frozen chosen!

SLW said...

Never heard of that particular incident, but Coleman, in the Master Plan of Evangelism, cites similar statistical analysis. When we grow by multiplication rather than addition, the numbers amass quickly. I think it was the A/G Foreign Missions Department that had a motto at one time, "Each One, Reach One." Imagine how much progress we could make on the Great Commission, if revival visited the church and we started multiplying by something as small as a factor of two, even over just the historical course of revival (3 to 6 years).

Anonymous said...

dear dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
say you believe in Jesus as the Son of God
keep on saying it
keep on claiming it
don't ever let it go
just once in the day
be happy about God
just once
in this day
be quiet
smile to God
and say "i love You"
and feel that tug in your heart.
know the Spirit is alive like swirling water within your heart.
find a little grin about this.
feel it bubble up more.
keep it bubbling until it bubbles over.
feel it make you smile and want to sing out.

Anonymous said...

anyway...i really like your post today. very uplifting. and the reference to the tin man, the one looking for a heart, is precious.

SLW said...

Never gave it a thought, maybe revival is finding one.

Sista Cala said...

One thing that always feeds the flame of Christian witness in me, is spending time w/new converts. Spending time w/them is usually a reflex action for me. When I have invested prayer and time in reaching someone for Christ, I want to watch over the soil until I see a sprout or seedling w/good roots. Years of training in the A/G and years more of learning what the love of God is all about.

SLW said...

Sista C,
A self-feeding loop? Interesting

Anonymous said...

To be honest it seems to me that the biblical model is more like human repoduction than bacterial: Jesus sent out his people in pairs, perhaps so people would never get obsessed with their one teacher, and see from the start that God was the common factor shared by both of them. Or maybe just so they could stay encouraged. Perhaps that is why people lose their enthusiasm: They are only doing it on their own!

SLW said...

You are right about pairs, even the early church sent out Paul with Barnabas; as for having one teacher, if I understand the implications of Eccl. 12:11 properly, that may not be a bad thing.

You may be on to something with the notion of encouraging companionship. I know pastors tend to be a lonely bunch, who could really use a human yokefellow. I'll have to explore that... perhaps it would be worthy to post on the subject in the future.

Thanks, Anonymous, for dropping in and making an very intriguing comment.