16 Nov Hallmarks of Faith…#1 We are called to proclaim Truth
If you were in worship yesterday, you heard briefly about some of my personal thoughts regarding the next season of New Life’s ministry. I wanted to put a few of the broader ideas that I did not have time to share in a blog post today to stimulate your thinking and to invoke your prayer support.
There are three hallmarks that God seems to be drawing me back to over and over again.
If we are to be and do all that God calls us to then we must demonstrate an understanding of and commit to these three things.
Hallmark #1- We are to proclaim Truth
Hallmark #2- We are to practice compassion
Hallmark #3- We are to pursue righteousness
Over the next week or so, I will take a little bit of time to try and unpack each of these. This written piece centers on Hallmark #1…the proclaiming of Truth.
Just before Jesus ascended to heaven, he enlightened the disciples about their role in the future of the world. Jesus said, “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
Nothing has changed about this call of Christ upon the life of every believer. We are to be witnesses for Him and for the sake of Christ. What does a witness do? A witness testifies. A witness is bound by the law to tell the truth or there will be consequences. We, the people of God must never be silent. It has always been a part of God’s plan that we who are believers are to be proclaimers of truth.
Years ago there was a tendency among believers to not speak boldly of their faith. The concept was that a bold proclamation of faith might irritate some and drive them away from God rather than bring them to Him. The concept was coined, lifestyle evangelism. Lifestyle evangelism promoted that we simply love people with a generous, God-given love. And if we would love them well, they would embrace the God who is love. Unfortunately, lifestyle evangelism proved to have one fatal flaw. It assumed that people would understand the motive of such love. But the recipients of this love assumed that this love was simply born out of the goodness of the person offering the love. While it seemed clear to the person who was performing these loving acts as to why they were doing them, the recipient never equated the love with the One who was the author of such love.
Jesus called us in the Sermon on the Mount to be the “salt of the earth, and the light of the world.” Salt is rather invisible and it seasons things. It also is a healing agent. Light is very visible. You cannot hide light. It always banishes darkness. I like to think of being the light of the world as a part of my personal call to be a proclaimer of Truth. It is great to love, and we will cover this in Hallmark #2. But we can never shirk our responsibility to proclaim…to testify to the glory of God, His goodness and His call to walk in Truth. After all, Jesus said, “…the truth will set you free.”
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?” (Romans 10:14).
So, let us preach the truth of God’s Word so that people will come to know and believe in the God who loved them enough to send us His Son.
Can I get a witness?