Where your heart is

by on January 31, 2017

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What is most valuable to you? Sometimes people say that if you look at your checkbook or bank statement that will tell you what is most valuable to you. Is it from your heart? Do you scrimp and save for whatever it is? Where are your thoughts? Are they directed toward that thing in your free time? Do you dream of it? When your mind wanders, where does it go most often?

Where should your mind go? Do you know? Is it directed toward what it should be?

And Jesus answered himThe first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heartand with all thy souland with all thy mindand with all thy strengththis is the first commandment.

And the second is likenamely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Andthe scribe said unto himWellMaster, thou hast said the truthfor there is one Godand there is none other but he:

And to love him with all the heartand with all the understandingand with all the souland with all the strengthand to love his neighbour as himselfis more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.

Andwhen Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far fromthe kingdom of GodAnd no man after that durst ask him any question. – Mark 12:29-34

How do you love God?  Obey Him. 1 Samuel 15:22; John 14:15,21; 15:10

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Finding common ground, and earning the right to be heard are key in the concept of Lifestyle Evangelism. The idea is to make friends and share the Gospel as you go.

An Evangelistic Lifestyle is very different. Sharing the Gospel is primary, and being friends with people is natural. A Christian should be kind, caring, friendly, and a good person to be around. They should talk to their friends about things they have in common.

What is more important, being a friend? Or, sharing the Gospel? The average Christian probably wants to choose both options equally. This isn’t a logical fallacy of choosing one or the other. Think of what is most important dependent on the amount of time that person has to live.

Since you and I can’t know how long someone has to live, maybe it’s a good idea to share the Gospel then be friends and keep taking other opportunities to share it and talk about it as you go?

If you have an Evangelistic Lifestyle, sharing the Gospel will be most important, and done early and often. If you do Lifestyle Evangelism then you have friends, and you may never share the Gospel with them.

Lifestyle Evangelism gives the Christian’s conscience a little ease. It lets the Christian say, “I’ll do it later, when I feel the time is right.” But, what does the Bible say? The Bible says, DO it NOW.

“Preach the Gospel to every creature.” “Go, and make disciples.” And, yes, to be a disciple, one must be converted first. So, GO!

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