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Sharing God’s Truth without Compromise…part 1

I recently taught in our adult Sunday school class at church and wanted to now share it with you all!

I’ve been gripped lately on what it means to share the truth of God’s Word ~ WITHOUT COMPROMISE!  And not just with the world around us, but within the Christian communities we are a part of. And yes, there’s plenty of compromise that goes on within the church communities regarding the Word of God. But we’ll get to that…

So here goes Part 1 of 4 ~ hope you join me and let me know how you share God’s Truth without compromise.


J.J. Packer once said, “There is a difference between knowing God and knowing about God. When you truly know God, you have energy to serve Him, boldness to share Him, and contentment in Him.”

This can be one of those topics that is both simple and difficult at the same time. It is simple because we simply need to look and see what God’s Word says about life and this world and live accordingly. But it is difficult because there are so many in our world today who view Christianity through an incredibly negative lens.

The reason why that is the case, is because we have not as a community of Christians, of believers, of people who are supposed to be Christ minded, have not set a good example. So many people walk around with the idea that, “What do I need to be saved from?” “Don’t tell me I’m a sinner.”, and my favorite, “Well I’m not as bad as that person.” I know I have been guilty of that mindset more often than I care to admit.

In Part 1, I would like to talk about how we share the truth of the Good News with people who have not come to know who Jesus really. People who we work with, neighbors, people in our family. There are so many different ways that we can share the Good News of God’s Word without compromise and without coming across as ultra-judgmental either.

Even though the fact is that we are all sinners with a need for the reconciliating power of salvation – and so many in the world do not want to admit this – it is better to have this realization in your life while you are here on this earth and deal with it here instead of waiting until the ultimate day of judgment after you have left this earth and stand before Jesus.

A very difficult concept to wrap around our mind is the idea of people that we know who die without being saved and the fact that we will not see them again in heaven. I think of the depth of sadness that my father experienced at the death of his father, knowing that he would never see him again after his death. As a parent, and as someone who has attended just a few funerals for non-Christian people, it is absolutely heartbreaking to me when I see the children of that person look up to the ceiling with comments like, “Well Mom, wherever you are I hope you’re doing well.”

Honestly, it was not until I was 31 years old that I attended such a funeral. I was completely heartbroken for these young 20-something children that they had nothing to give them hope of ever seeing their mother again. The entire family was not saved so it was not something that they had ever really talked about, but it was heartbreaking nonetheless.

I am beyond grateful that my children and my future grandchildren will never have to say that about me.

So how do we share Jesus with people who don’t know Him? One thing that has been encouraging to me is watching the way that my daughter Savannah shares the gospel. Very, very rarely {if at all} these days does she ever start a conversation with, “I’m a Christian so let me tell you about Christ.” Because the term “Christians”really puts people on edge.

What she has found is when she simply talks about Jesus, most of the time it completely changes the course that the conversation will take. She will say things like, “Well you asked me what the difference is in my life and I can honestly tell you the difference is that I really love Jesus. Have you heard about Jesus?”

In Philippians 2:9-11 Amplified Bible (AMP) It talks about how powerful the name of Jesus is: “For this reason also [because He obeyed and so completely humbled Himself], God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus [a]EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW [in submission], of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess and openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord (sovereign God), to the glory of God the Father.”

There is power every time we say His name. The mighty Name of Jesus.

There is power because of not only who He is but what He has done to save us and reconcile us back into relationship with Him. When you tell people that you love Jesus and then why, it is usually incredibly compelling. People don’t want to have verses and laws and rules quoted at them. They want to hear about experiences and feelings and a life altering moment.

This does not mean you have to have some crazy, sensational kind of testimony, it simply means you have a story to tell about who you are because of who Jesus is.

A few years ago I heard a speaker say, “If the testimony you share is the same one you’ve been sharing for the past 10 years, what does your relationship with Jesus really look like?”

They went on to say that our testimony should continually be changed and updated as we live our life for and with Christ. Our testimony is somethings that is supposed to be new and fresh all the time. The only way for that to be a reality is if we are in a relationship with Jesus where we are actively in conversation with Him and available to the Holy Spirit who can work in and through us, every day.

The Bible is filled with encouragement as to how to share God’s Truth. One verse I love is 1 Corinthians 16:13-14‬ ‭{AMP‬‬} “Be on guard; stand firm in your faith [in God, respecting His precepts and keeping your doctrine sound]. Act like [mature] men and be courageous; be strong. Let everything you do be done in love [motivated and inspired by God’s love for us].”‬‬
That last sentence is key in being without compromise as we share the truths of God’s Word with others. Everything, not just the easy stuff, but everything we do must be done in love “motivated and inspired by God’s love for us.”

We have the absolute best gift in the world and we don’t share it! I know I have shrunk back at times, from being vocal about my belief in the Lord and how He has worked in my life. For what? Fear that people will think I’m a crazy Jesus freak? A conservative Christian who’s clueless about things “really” work in this world?

So lame of me! Jesus’ death and resurrection will always trump any possible embarrassment I may feel on this earth. If I’m sharing HIM with others, it’s not up to me how they receive HIM…it’s up to me to share.


Be on the lookout for part 2!  It’s coming soon!!







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Shake it and Shine…

Okay….before you turn up the radio and start doing the mambo in your living room, I guess I should tell you what I mean by the title.

Shake the Salt and Shine the Light!

Being familiar with the New Testament verbiage of “being the salt and light to the world,” I’ve heard these stories a bunch of times…for decades even!  And just like salt which is left aside and not used, if leave the Bible aside and do not put it to good use in our life, we have lost our effectiveness.

Luke 14:34 says, “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?”

Have you ever over-salted your food?  Was it by habit that you salted food that was set in front of you without tasting it, dashed a bunch of salt on it, and then realized your mistake?  If something is too salty, it’s virtually ruined and inedible.  It’s wasted.

I heard a story one time of a newly married young woman whose new sister in law was, well, let’s just say she wasn’t very kind.  She always salted her meal before tasting.  It really irritated this new bride because she kSalt Shakernew she prepared wonderfully tasting meals.  Out of sheer frustration of watching this happen month after month of hosting her husbands’ family for dinner….she exacted her revenge.  Before bringing the plates to the table, she salted her sister in law’s food.  This new bride knew that this was not a very Christ-like thing to do, but no matter how well she cooked, it was always intimated that she didn’t know how to prepare anything probably.  Well, as with all the months before, the sister in law salted her plate of food…and it was too much!  The new bride stifled her smile…and her sister in law never salted her food before tasting it again.

{I’m not recommending practical jokes like this of course…for story telling purposes only.}

So how do we “over salt” our speech?

When we speak harshly to our little ones when we are too tired to control our attitude.

When we speak of others when they are not in the room, perhaps under the guise of a prayer request.

When we speak rudely to our spouse because they are doing “the thing” that has irritated us for years.

When we berate those who do not yet know the saving grace of Jesus Christ because they simply have not opened their heart to understanding that God loves them.  They do not know who they are in Christ, and we look down upon them for how they act.  

Luke 14 verse 34

We are in effect, over-salting the sweet words of the Lord, making them inedible to those who desperately need them.  The end result of the problem is that these people remain in the darkness and cannot see the light of salvation.

Let’s be reminded to simply “shake the salt” ~ not pour it out over the very wounds we are called to be gracious enough to look out for.  Saved or not…salt in a wound will usually only bring about more pain.

Think of the sweet taste of salted caramel ice cream or freshly prepared kettle corn from an actual kettle!  They have just the right amount of salt that ENHANCES the sweetness.  In our lives, when we balance the right amount of salt, we can bring out just the right flavor that will lead hearts to draw closer to Christ.

So, shake the salt and shine the light ~ let us bring the hungry world around us toward the Lord, not away from Him.

Psalm 34 verse 8 (2)