May I ask you a question? No, it is not “Are you sharing your faith?” Good question … but not my question. Are you in love with the God you know?
Jesus taught us “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). His point is that our cherished treasures subtly but surely motivate our heart. To the contemporary of Jesus, the heart was the seat of the will. So He is saying that what I treasure motivate, directs and moves me into action. On a personal level this is easy for me to understand. I love my being married to my wife, Lori. In December, I officiated in the wedding of my oldest son. In May, I performed the wedding of my daughter. Because I love being married, I enjoyed officiating at my son’s and daughter’s weddings. I treasure marriage so my heart is there also. But what if my marriage was a daily torture? I wouldn’t be the evangelist I am for Christian marriage, would I?
The same is true for sharing our faith. One man told Bill Hybels that he never shares his faith with anyone. When asked why, he shocked Bill by saying, “I would never want to inflict the burden of God on anyone” (Just Walk Across the Room, 27). Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is” (NASB). It is safe to assume that God is not this man’s treasure. God has become a burden. What about you, friend? Is that the God you know? At least this man was honest and open. Are you?
Be open with the Lord and honest with him today. Do you share your faith now? If the answer within yourself it “no” stop fooling yourself. It is not because of changing cultural trends, “relevancy” the lack of evangelistic programs or your profound theology. The reason lies within where you keep your treasure. Are you in love with the God you know? If the answer is “no” or “maybe” there is good news–breakfast with Jesus (John 21:12). He never fails to captivate with His love, grace, mercy and hope. When you personally experience the grace, mercy, compassion and hope of Christ in a real and personal way, it is natural to share with pre-Christians. Go now, your One True Treasure awaits!
By Scott Willingham