SERVANT OF CHRIST
Matthew 28:19 “Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,”
Ezekiel 33:6 “If, however, the Watchman sees the enemy coming and does not sound the alarm, the enemy will come and kill those sinners, but I will hold the Watchman responsible for their death.”
Summary; Ezekiel 33:6 informs that God holds His servants responsible for sounding the warning of pending judgment and failure, not to.
Ezekiel 33:8-9 “If I announce that an evil person is going to die but you do not warn him to change his ways so that he can save his life, then he will die, still a sinner, and I will hold you responsible for his death. If you do warn an evil person and he doesn’t stop sinning, he will die, still a sinner, but your life will be spared.”
Summary; God calls every follower to be a Watchman. Jesus repeated that call when issuing “The Great Commission, Matthew 28:19.” The Watchman’s call to warn comes from the love of God, the “Holy Spirit” working through a follower of God. Ezekiel 33:8-9 warns that failure to warn due to apathy and lack of passion will affect both. The question is, Who do you Serve? Who is your God?
Romans 10:14-17 “But how can they call to him for help if they have not believed? And how can they believe if they have not heard the message? And how can they hear if the message is not proclaimed? And how can the message be proclaimed if the messengers are not sent out? As the scripture says, “How wonderful is the coming of messengers who bring good news!” But not all have accepted the Good News. Isaiah himself said, “Lord, who believed our message?” So then, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message comes through preaching Christ. ”
Summary; All true Christians have the “Fruits of the Spirt,” which produces the “Fruits of Salvation” that Christ Jesus, Paul, and James mention multiple times. The “Fruits of Salvation is the action of the Holy Spirit working through a believer delivering love to thy neighbor, caring for the needy, but most crucial being a Watchman by going out and warning of pending judgment to the non-believer.
Colossians 1:28-29 “So we preach Christ to everyone. With all possible wisdom we warn and teach them in order to bring each one into God’s presence as a mature individual in union with Christ. To get this done I toil and struggle, using the mighty strength which Christ supplies and which is at work in me.”
Summary; Paul is practicing and teaching the fulfillment of “The Great Commission” in Matthew 28:19 “Go, then, to all peoples everywhere and make them my disciples: baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,”
John 15:18-19 The World’s Hatred
“If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you.”
Matthew 10:16-22 Coming Persecutions
“Listen! I am sending you out just like sheep to a pack of wolves. You must be as cautious as snakes and as gentle as doves. Watch out, for there will be those who will arrest you and take you to court, and they will whip you in the synagogues. For my sake you will be brought to trial before rulers and kings, to tell the Good News to them and to the Gentiles. When they bring you to trial, do not worry about what you are going to say or how you will say it; when the time comes, you will be given what you will say. For the words you will speak will not be yours; they will come from the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. People will hand over their own brothers to be put to death, and fathers will do the same to their children; children will turn against their parents and have them put to death. Everyone will hate you because of me. But whoever holds out to the end will be saved.”
Summary; The battle is spiritual, where the world promotes hatred and violence vs. Christianity promotes love and peace. There are no neutral zones, no grey areas, no compromising. Compromise brings defeat as adhering to the teachings of Christ Jesus brings victory. An excellent example of non-compromising is in Daniel 3, with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.
Isaiah 41:10-13 “Do not be afraid—I am with you! I am your God—let nothing terrify you! I will make you strong and help you; I will protect you and save you. “Those who are angry with you will know the shame of defeat. Those who fight against you will die and will disappear from the earth. I am the LORD your God; I strengthen you and tell you, ‘Do not be afraid; I will help you.’ “
Summary; First, Pray, asking God to protect, guide, encourage, equip as you pick up your cross and follow in the footsteps of Christ Jesus where the joy of servanthood lies, understanding that faithful followers of Christ put one at odds with the world. However, to aid you in your endeavor, I have created a simple non-confrontational method called Soft Evangelism, which I have used for many years with great success. (Link Below)