Psalms 51:13 says, ‘Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.’
A man so broken for breaking God’s heart wrote that bit of scripture during the worst time of his life. But even in his darkest moment, David knew what he is supposed to do for the Lord. Regardless of his horrific sin, he is to teach the transgressor the way of God because he transgressed. David believed God, not the sin he committed. It was David’s service to the Lord that made him a man after God’s own heart.
I see way too often how badly Christians treat each other. You have to wonder what the non-believer thinks when they witness a Christian acting badly. You may be the only Jesus that person will ever see and might have just blown it for that person to ever trust a Christian that they may know the Lord.
What happened to your responsibility to the Lord? This hyper-grace attitude of doing NOTHING or it looks like WORKS is getting real old. As a blood bought child of God you have a responsibility to pray. You have a responsibility to read the Bible. You have a responsibility to witness to others. And that’s just the beginning. There is nothing wrong with holding out your hand to another in the name of Jesus whether it’s dishing out food at the mission or helping the homeless.
These new responsibilities are not bondage because it is not law-keeping; this is being a Christian that matures instead of acting like spoiled child. If someone is hungry, feed them. Is someone is thirsty, give them something to drink even if it’s a bottle of water. If they need to get to the store or doctor, give them a ride. Further:
1Corinthians 3:1-3 states, ‘(v1)And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. (v2)I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. (v3)For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?’
Some Christians may have a lot doctrinal knowledge, and still be beginners in the life of faith and experience – service; arguments about doctrine is a miserable fact of carnality.
Faithful service to the Lord involves commitment, not an excuse. Extend a hand. Be the Christian that the Lord wants you to be and wants the world to see.