God knows that if the voice that guided me were merely human, I should have kept silent for the love of Christ.
- Patrick, Confession (British, 5th century)
"Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision..."
- Acts 26.19
Patrick's was no merely human mission to Ireland. His parents opposed him. His church refused to support him. He had no training and only the money he could scrounge from his inheritance.
But Christ had called him to go, and he was not about to disobey his Savior.
I frequently wonder why evangelical Christians today are so reluctant to talk with others about their faith. We have become a generation of believers who believe the Gospel, but not enough to urge it on others, to persuade them to believe, to pray earnestly for the lost and plead with them to repent and believe the Good News.
Perhaps the answer can be found in Patrick's experience and Paul's. Both these men were convinced that Christ had called them to the work of evangelizing. They would not be found disobedient to His call.
And perhaps we're not active in the work of evangelism because we've never heard Christ calling us to this work. But are we not listening? Is it not plain in the Scriptures that Jesus commands us to be His witness, proclaim the Good News, and make disciples?
Certainly it is. And if we have heard Jesus saying these words to us and refuse to obey, then how can we expect His blessing in any area of our lives? And if we have only read these words or heard them preached and not known the penetrating and convicting voice of the Lord, burning them into our souls, then what does this suggest about the true nature of our discipleship?
The guilty silence of the Church has opened a broad platform for atheism, as I argue in today's ReVision. There are many reasons people turn from God to atheism, and one of them is surely that they are hearing nothing from the Church to convince them of the truth of the Gospel.
It is time for us to search our souls. Have we heard the voice of Christ? If so, how can we not go? If not, what must we do to get close enough to hear Him speaking to our souls?
Jesus is speaking, and He commands us to proclaim the Good News. Do you hear Him calling you?
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