December 21, 2008

Show and Tell

Maybe I should call this post show and share. I have recently seen a video done by Penn Jillette of Penn & Teller on the blogs Caffeinated Thoughts and Beauty for Ashes in which he talks about not respecting those who do not proselytize. Penn Jillette is a self described atheist, but you can see the respect he has for the man who approached him and was willing to share his faith. I call it the courage of your convictions.

I know a lot of people who talk about showing Jesus to the world through their actions, of how they interact with others, showing the love of Christ. I think that is great, but often they do it and want to do no more. They do not want to talk about Jesus to the world.

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 29:18-20 (NASB)
I know most times The Great Commission is shown as verses 19 & 20. I like to add verse 18 because it shows clearly by what authority this commission generates. This is something God the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit is behind.

We are called to be witnesses, not silent servants. Modeling Christ in behavior is fantastic, and extremely difficult, given the high standard He set for us to follow. But that is not enough. That is the silence of one hand clapping. We need to behave in that way and share the gospel as well.

This is a big task and needs both hands. We should celebrate those who share, but we should also use our hands to do and not to just clap. I want to thank Shane and Laurie for putting this video up for me to see.

1 comment:

Laurie M. said...

It was incredibly convicting.