Luke and the Lost
Have you ever been standing “around the water cooler” so to speak (I don’t think anyone has those anymore!) and the on the surface conversation suddenly takes a turn from talk about the most recent movie or the weather, to a morals conversation about what IS right and wrong and who decides that? We find ourselves thrown into these discussions often, don’t we?
Do we chime in with our faith in God and express HE is the One who decides what is right and wrong? And HOW do we do that?Or are we silent, hoping to not “rock the boat” of our existence in the workplace? Once the word is out that we believe in Jesus, what He did on the cross for our sins, more questions will follow. Do we want to go there?
Let’s see what Jesus told his followers…and us.
Luke 12, The Message
8-9 “Stand up for me among the people you meet and the Son of Man will stand up for you before all God’s angels. But if you pretend you don’t know me, do you think I’ll defend you before God’s angels?
10 “If you bad-mouth the Son of Man out of misunderstanding or ignorance, that can be overlooked. But if you’re knowingly attacking God himself, taking aim at the Holy Spirit, that won’t be overlooked.
11-12 “When they drag you into their meeting places, or into police courts and before judges, don’t worry about defending yourselves—what you’ll say or how you’ll say it. The right words will be there. The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.”
First of all, as believers in Jesus Christ as Savior AND our Lord, these situations are going to happen…often. Jesus is not going to allow us to hide His Light in us “under a bushel”. His work in us and through us is to go and tell others in ways that will help them find Him! The opportunities will come.
So, practice! Knowing that it will come, what helps us is to imagine situations before they occur. Pray about them. Ask God to tell you what to say. Jesus just told us in the passage in Luke…”The Holy Spirit will give you the right words when the time comes.”
Practice saying it in your mind until you can choose your words carefully, without judgement, not with your own opinion thrown in, but just and only God’s Word. That’s why we study God’s Word daily, asking for the “manna” each morning that feeds our souls. A starved soul doesn’t have much to say.
Check your own heart, mind and soul. Can I say what I am about to say in a Spirit of Love, full of grace and mercy for the other person? A true disciple stands for Jesus with the right words at the right time with the right Spirit.
Fussing with God over situations, being silent or ignoring these holy opportunities bring judgement from God, Himself. We do not want to go there!
Instead, imagine Jesus standing up, smiling, cheering to God’s angels and shouting, “Look at her speak My words of comfort, help, encouragement, full of love and mercy, and with grace so that person I led her to can be saved, too!” “She’s saying just what I told her to say!” “Yeeessss!” Wow!
Yes, that’s what I imagine when I ask God to break my heart of those things that break His. He WILL lead you to people that need Him. Count on it. Rehearse His Word. Depend on His Holy Spirit to pick the right words at the right time from His Living Word in you. Let’s make Jesus smile.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for the manna you give us each morning. Your Word fills our hearts with love for You and for others who need you. Forgive us of those times when we were silent. Continue to go with us.
In Jesus Name, Amen…I believe.