In Luke 10:2 Jesus states: “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into the harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves”
Sheep among wolves—not a very comforting thought is it? We are sent out into a world that hates Jesus and will subsequently hate us. And our only protection is from our loving shepherd who promises He will be with us.
Our mandate as Christians is to make disciples for Jesus. And Christians around the world are doing that—standing up against persecution and the threat of death—to proclaim the gospel. Yet here in America, we seem to be stuck in neutral. In Pakistan, Christians are being imprisoned for giving out bibles. Here, we do not even approach our neighbors or family because we fear being rejected or seen as weird. Just what does that say of our faith and commitment to Jesus?
In China, underground Christian churches meet at the risk of imprisonment or death. Here in America, some of our churches do surveys to find out what will draw unbelievers into our churches—because we want them to feel welcomed and comfortable. In Acts Chapter 2, we learn about the first church. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teachings, prayer and the breaking of bread. They praised God privately and publicly. And the LORD ADDED TO THEIR NUMBERS DAILY!
Why do a dwindling number of self-professed born again believers believe the bible is absolute truth? Why is the divorce rate among Christians just as high as the world? Maybe because we are applying our earthly wisdom and methods to try to attract people to our churches. We are playing down the message of repentance and sin—and the results seem to indicate we have become the lukewarm church of Laodicea. Are we relying on schemes of man instead of the power of the Holy Spirit to add to our numbers in church?
In Luke 9, Jesus states whoever is ashamed of me and my words, I will be ashamed of them when I return in glory. Are we so ashamed of Jesus’ message that we fear sharing it with friends and family out of fear of rejection? While Christians in Pakistan, Egypt, China and around the world are being imprisoned or put to death for sharing the gospel, we remain silent for fear of rejection. Are we in the American church ashamed of Jesus’ words? Our lips may say no, but our actions say yes.