May 1–Spiritual Dwarfs–Part Eight–DOPEY

Every Spiritual Dwarf is a LIAR. Each of them DENIES some TRUTH of GOD.

Hear DOPEY as he speaks his LIES: “I just don’t know nothin’. I don’t know what to sayI’ll never be able to talk real good to nobody ’bout Jesus. So, I’ll just say nothin’ at all. ‘Cuz if anybody really wants to hear ’bout Jesus, they’d ask a pastor or a priest or somebody who really knows. Not me.  I don’t want to bother nobody. I’ll just be nice and fun, dance around, smile a lot. I want people to like me. So, I’ll just live and let live. Yep, that’s how I’ll shine my light. Better for me that way ‘sted of talkin’ ’bout Jesus. Yep, I think I’ll just stay quiet ’bout Jesus.”

DOPEY denies the POWER and PROMISE of GOD to give us the Words, the Ways and the Wisdom to share our faith in Jesus–which others desperately need to hear so they may know GOD’s Saving Truth for themselves.

DOPEY may seem harmless enough–even cute, and, oh, sooo likeable. But his lies are insidious and dangerous. DOPEY’s lies of not knowing nothin’ or not wanting to bother nobody are falsely humble at best, and completely untrue from one who has accepted Jesus’ gift of salvation for himself.

At worst, DOPEY’s lying influence leads us to a place of not caring and having no true compassion for the precious people around us who will die in their sins unless they know the salvation that comes through Jesus Christ alone.

The live and let live attitude sounds respectful and maturely tolerant. But, it is actually a cruel and costly lie when the price is someone’s eternal separation from the Holy God of all creation. 

DOPEY must be killed so that others may hear and believe the amazing gift of love our God offers to all who place their faith in Jesus as Savior. DOPEY must be killed so that others may live now, and live for all eternity in the grace, truth, peace and presence of God. 

God tells us HIS TRUTH: God calls each and every one of us (not just the clergy or professional ministry workers) to be Ambassadors of Christ. All of us who have accepted God’s loving, free gift of forgiveness for our sins and eternal life through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ–are called to share in the ministry of reconciliation with people who have not yet known the grace and truth that God offers to them. And who all need God’s salvation as desperately as we do.

God gives us each the POWER we need–even as frail, flawed, finite and, yes, even still very likeable and fun people–to share the salvation of Jesus!

We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4:7

All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are, therefore, Christ’s ambassadors, as though God is making His appeal through us. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20

God tells us HIS TRUTH: Along with all the POWER of GOD that has been given to us, we also have the PROMISE of GOD to give us the Words, the Ways and the Wisdom to share our faith in Jesus. We do need to be prepared always to share our hope in Jesus–even if our words may seem bumbling or insufficient to us. GOD’S LOVE is perfect. And GOD will cause His LOVE for the world–for each person–to flow through us, even if we are a bit insecure or unsure about what we should say.

[Jesus said,] “…do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say [about the Lord Jesus], for the Holy Spirit will teach  you at that time what you should say.” Luke 12:11-12

[Jesus said,] “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8

[An angel of the LORD said,] “Go…and tell the people the full message of this new life!” Acts 5:20

[The Apostle Peter wrote,] “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” 1 Peter 3:15

[The Apostle Paul wrote,] “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then for the Gentile. For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it was written [in Habbakuk 2:4]: ‘The righteous will live by faith.'” Romans 1:16-17

 God tells us HIS TRUTH: God calls us to truly love other people enough to risk sharing our faith in Jesus with them so that they may have opportunity to know and believe the PROMISE and POWER of GOD in their own lives. God calls us to love other people enough to risk that they may misjudge us or may not like us anymore. Jesus risked it all for us! For our salvation and eternal life with our ABBA! And we are called to be risk takers–uncovered a bit–so that we will be more and more like Jesus and share the freedom GOD offers, rather than the deadly bondage of DOPEY.

…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.2 Corinthians 2:17-18

To kill DOPEY (and we must!) we must trust our Sovereign LORD’s Eternal Truth: In Christ, we have the POWER and PROMISE of GOD to give us the Words, the Ways and the Wisdom to share our faith in Jesus! And it is both our joy and our job to tell what we ourselves have received: Eternal Salvation and Eternal Life with our Holy Loving LORD!

So, let’s get out there! Let’s dance and sing and tell about the love of Jesus so that others, too, will know for themselves God’s greatest and truest joy–now and forever!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane