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Friday, October 16, 2015
I couldn’t avoid (though I tried) the thought of me being completely evangelized. Or in other words; “Have I been completely evangelized?”
We think of evangelization as being preaching which leads to conversion something like saying “I do” at the wedding ceremony.
The good news is a complete package and the acceptance of Christ is but the first step.
For making sense of the total conversion process we have categorized the evangelization process into baby steps, growth, and maturity. Paul alluded to this in the verse where he said I couldn’t feed you with strong meat but only a little weak milk.
The total evangelization process requires a process, from the beginning to the end (If there be such a thing.) God requires obedience to the teaching of Christ as taught by Him and his chosen anointed teachers who followed Him.
Any resistance to the commands of Christ slows and or stops your spiritual growth in its tracks. Even if you skip over part of his Word and make gains in other areas you still have to return to where you resisted his commandment.
There is a vast difference between falling short of what he requires of us and outright rejecting it.
We have many, or I should say myriads of examples of those who have not yielded themselves to the whole counsel of GOD. They fall and are disgraced (and are a blot on the church) because of not being totally committed to Jesus commands.
You have heard it said; “I’m not perfect” and thereby they excuse themselves from obedience to what they know is Jesus commands. The good news is spiritual perfection is available for those who are willing to do it Christ’s way.
1 John 1:3-9 King James Version (KJV) 3, That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
These verses are a call to righteousness not a cop out that we constantly return to “fix em up a little bit.”
One may feel like saying “Woe is me” when we realize we aren’t fully evangelized, but ask yourself; What is it that God demands of me that I can’t accomplish with his help and the Holy Spirit along side of me?