2. A Patient Attitude toward the lost - v. 4-6
Being patient with the lost is not easy. But having an attitude of patience will help when witnessing to them. If you don’t have patience you may begin to be forceful and maybe judgmental because of the lack of time they may have before the end comes. God has called us to witness to the lost but He has promised to do the work of saving. We must be faithful to share but patiently. Verse 4 says that people think we are strange if we have been saved and then change our lifestyle from the sinful ways it used to be.
Is there anyone here today that had friends and family think there was something strange and crazy about you when you got saved and didn’t want to do the things you used to do with them?
How did that make you feel? People are strange, they don’t have a problem of ruining their lives with all the habits of the world and the “so called fun things they do,” but when you say, “No, I don’t do that anymore, I have changed.” They think you are strange and nuts.
Be patient, they are blind to the truth. They can’t understand spiritual enjoyment as a saved person can. They may think it is dull when they believe as they do but they truly are missing out on real Christian enjoyment and joy! You have the best opportunity to then let those who you once ran with to know the truth of what true freedom is all about. Tell them of Jesus and what He did for you. That is all witnessing is, telling your story! Eventually they will all have to answer in the final judgment and our mission is to seek to share and win them to Christ.
Today I hope you are thinking of your ONE! They need your patience and they need your story. But they also need to know the hatred you have for sin and why? But even more than that, they need to know the love of Jesus Christ who died for them on the cross. No matter what someone may say or do because you are a believer, stand your ground and stand for Christ and His love for you and His hatred for the sin that is destroying all who live apart from Him.
After all is said and done, we seek to encourage others to follow Christ and hope they will see the life of Christ in us and hear from our hearts the truth about Jesus; we are called to do what God has directed us to do to reach the lost for His Kingdom. You and I are to live our lives according to the way God desires for us to live as we are led by the precious Holy Spirit who lives in us and guides us day by day.
My Sunday School lesson was about the body of Christ and being a part of the church. Some of you are here today and you may need a church home to invest your lives. Here is the proper place to give all you are for the family of God. Come be a part of our fellowship and the body of Christ at NABC.
If you are one of those today that has never received the Lord Jesus and are still living with your sin. Come surrender to Him and allow Him to give you forgiveness of your sin and a home of which to be a part.