I believe that the most important verses in the Bible for a Christian once saved are Matthew 28:19-20. I do not view the Great Commission as an alternative for Christian living or something to work into our schedules. Instead, it should be a daily routine. I try and adhere to it as if it was The Great Commandment. Jesus didn’t say, “Go if you have time.” He didn’t commission us to, “Tell the world about him.” He said to go, “teach” and “baptize.” So, I have tried to become more proactive, but not overbearing, in my approach to teaching others about Jesus and I strive to teach and rebuke gently.
First, and foremost, I have to live like Jesus did as best I can. I have to be the fruit of the Spirit of Galatians 5:22-23. I will fail and show my human side but it’s important that my reactions still point to God. Satan will win some battles but God will win my war! Modern culture judges Christians more on how we respond to failures rather than recognize our successes. Satan wants us to give God a black eye. No one will listen to, let alone follow, teachers with intolerant egos incapable of love and forgiveness. People follow humility.
I wear my faith on my sleeve, literally. I try and clothe myself with spiritual apparel, silicone bracelets and scriptural reminders wherever I go. These displays are not just to advertise Jesus but also to remind me about where my strength comes from and to bring me back to God when I stray. It sounds kind of showy but it holds me accountable and, many times, keep me from saying and doing stupid things. I don’t want to misrepresent God with items of faith in my position. I don’t want to be a stumbling block.
Most importantly, I teach by listening. God gave me two ears and one mouth so I try to listen a lot more than speaking. People want others to hear them. I want people to bring their triumphs, trials and questions to me. I want to understand them. Some of my greatest blessings have come from relieving burdens and hearing the “thank you for listening.” Compassion is a door-opener. Love is a bond. Teaching starts with listening.
I thank God for forgiving me of my sins and I repent of those sins daily. I thank Him for His plan of salvation, for incarnating Jesus and sending Him to earth to be the sacrificial atonement. I ask to be strong and humbled and allow the Holy Spirit to take me, break me, make me, lead me, and use me so that I may walk in the paths of righteousness (Psalm 23:3) and abide in Jesus (John 15:4).
Finally, I am three-quarters of the way to earning a Master’s Degree from Kentucky Christian University. Through nine classes, I have come to love theology (simply, the study of God) of the Bible and it has caused me to read it in a new and more thorough way. God has opened me up to great revelations! I reveal some of those thoughts on this site and readers can probably glean what is from the world academia and what are thoughts off the top of my head (like the ones below)!