Sermon Reflections from Transform Through Others | Damon Hopkins | August 20, 2023
After hearing Damon’s impassioned sermon about sharing Christ with others, I asked myself what did I learn or experience that I want and need to share this week? Damon’s premise was – if I love the Lord, then I should be compelled by my love for Him and excited to share it with anyone and everyone I meet. Many of us are so worried about the circumstances, is it the right time?, will it be received? is it the right place to share?, that we decide the answer is No- it is not the right time, place or people and say nothing.
As Damon pointed out saying nothing is not an option! We are commanded by Christ to go and share. Matthew 28:18-20 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Jesus did not say, do you want to?, He said, Go and do it! He seeks to reassure us that He will be with us and empower us though His Holy Spirit all the way!
So again, what did I learn that I can share? I learned anew that it is my privilege to share God’s love with others. I have His Spirit living inside me and I feel His love and care every day. Why wouldn’t I want to share that with someone so they can feel loved and cared for by the Lord Almighty? As I was reading in Psalms this morning Psalm 107:1-3 jumped out at me.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story--
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.
Those of us who know Christ as our Savior are redeemed. He bought us back from the pathway to death and gave us life through our faith in Jesus’ work on the cross. We need to tell our story-how we came to faith, what God is doing in our lives, the benefits we see each day in walking with Jesus. God is good and works in my life each and every day. I need to look around, see Him and His work in my life, and talk about it to others. Say So!
Another thing I learned was from Ezekiel 33:1-6 “The word of the Lord came to me: 2 “Son of man, speak to your people and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword against a land, and the people of the land choose one of their men and make him their watchman, 3 and he sees the sword coming against the land and blows the trumpet to warn the people, 4 then if anyone hears the trumpet but does not heed the warning and the sword comes and takes their life, their blood will be on their own head. 5 Since they heard the sound of the trumpet but did not heed the warning, their blood will be on their own head. If they had heeded the warning, they would have saved themselves. 6 But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes someone’s life, that person’s life will be taken because of their sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for their blood.’ Believers are put in this world as watchmen, like Ezekiel was. We are to watch and warn others about the coming destruction. God’s judgement on sin.
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” If they listen and heed our warning, praise God! If they do not, then the consequences are on them. However, verse 6 says, it is our responsibility as God’s watchmen to warn others and if we do not we will be held accountable. That is a sobering thought, Jesus asks us to tell others about His plan of Salvation and if we remain silent and do not speak of Him we will be held accountable. Damon reminded us of this with his life verse: Matthew 10:32-33 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. Sobering words.
I am convicted anew of the truth our memory verses hold for us.
Philippians 2:1-2. Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. If we experience Christ in our lives tell others, say so!
Thanks Damon for the challenge to speak up and speak out about our love for Christ. It is a command and good to be reminded it is a privilege with benefits.
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