The Need For God

One of our world’s greatest needs is the ability and desire to share God.  In order for you to take hold of all that

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generosity has to offer, you must share God with every person you encounter. Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.xlvi  I am not talking about pushing your beliefs on others, which will actually have the opposite effect on people than what you should be striving for.  Don’t be pushy!  Simply learn to share by the life you lead.  Share by example!  Live your life in such a way that people see the positive results you achieve.  They will take note of it and that’s when they will begin to ask questions. 

Just taking a look at the current state of our world should be enough to convince anybody of the need to share God.  We live in a world that has become overcome by materialism, greed, corruption and immorality.  People simply cannot keep up at the expense of the important things in our lives such as love, health, achievement and real success.  I believe that people are searching, like never before, for peace.  They are looking for peace that can’t be achieved by material possessions, money in your bank account, power or decadence.   

This emptiness has often led people to search for answers in the occult or new age philosophies, leading to even more emptiness.  I have found that this cycle can be broken by you! 

Without your generosity, in sharing God, many people will die without getting to know Him and the joy that comes with this relationship.  More importantly, they will not get the opportunity to spend eternity with Him, in heaven. 

We have all sinned.  In fact, “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…”xlvii Some of us have found new life in this program.  If that describes you, then it is your responsibility to help others find their spiritual footing. 

If you decide to do nothing, friends, relatives, neighbors and even close family members such as: children, spouses

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and parents may be lost forever.  Nobody is doing anything to help them and they are slipping further and further away from the truth.  They are grasping at anything that may offer the illusion of hope.  I was at a relative’s house recently and there, sitting on the coffee table was a psychic healing book.  If you look around, the reality of the situation hits close to home. 

Don’t be someone who is afraid to stand out and stand upon the truth.  If we look at the condition of the world today, we will see that many people have lost faith and focus.  They have become disillusioned, in many cases rightfully so, into thinking that church is nothing more than a social club. 

As a result of life pressures, they have become burdened by other people’s responsibilities and have lost their way.  Even people, who may have developed a strong sense of spirituality and great relationship with God in the past, may need help.  This happens mainly for two reasons: 

  1. They begin to develop a spiritual lifestyle, but things don’t happen quickly enough for them, so they fall away. 
  1. They begin to develop a spiritual lifestyle but begin acting dumb and irresponsible in their choices and actions thereby they push people away. 

So, the question I ask is why isn’t the challenge of sharing God being met?  I believe it comes down to five main

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reasons and if you haven’t been generous with sharing God, then it is probably because of one of these: 

Lack of concern: In our self-centered world, many people have become more concerned with themselves than they are with helping anyone else.  They are not concerned for God, even though He has done so much for us.xlviii   They are not concerned for others, even though concern and care for others is precisely what will help them grow in spirituality.xlix  They are not concerned for themselves, failing to realize that they must help others if they, themselves are to be helped.l   

Are you concerned? 

Lack of knowledge: Many people simply lack knowledge of God’s word.  They don’t believe or realize that God has called them.  Furthermore, they do not allow themselves to be taught, so they can teach others.lii  Many times, they simply do not know how to act.  They do not know that being themselves will allow God to put the people in their path that they can help.  Be honest and real! 

Are you willing to take a chance? 

Lack of courage:  We all have fears.  Some common fears that we experience include being rejected by loved ones, ridiculed by friends and criticized by society.  There is no need to fear these things.  If you are being rejected, ridiculed or criticized for Jesus, then you are blessed.  ““Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”liii 

Remember that you are trying to please God, not people. “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”liv   

Are you willing to be brave? 

Lack of Faith:  Some people don’t believe that God’s word is true.  They don’t believe it when it describes what results from sin.  “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”lv 

There are others who don’t believe God’s word is true, when it describes the world and our relationship to it.  Some people do not believe God’s ability to give us strength, wisdom and courage.  It is clear that, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”lvi   

Are you willing to stand in faith? 

Lack of Focus: Many times, people become distracted by things of the world.  They focus too much on the world’s rules of success and happiness.  Before long, “…as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.”lvii 

You must decide what you will devote your life to.  You cannot love God and the world.  “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”lviii  

It’s also important to note, that you cannot “…serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”lix 

So, are you willing to focus on God’s will for your life? 

Sharing God is the most important area to be generous in. It is part of God’s plan and you must share in this area, if you are to have any type of success at all.  Why? 

This is what we are told to do.  It also shows that we care about other people.  In addition, the most important reason

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to share God’s word is to help save other people.  By doing this, you are sharing in the joy of heaven.  “Count on it—there’s more joy in heaven over one sinner’s rescued life than over ninety-nine good people in no need of rescue.”lxii  I have seen in my own life, the incredible fulfillment and success that comes from sharing His word.lxiii 

The biggest need in the world today, is for people to share the word of God.  The best way to do this is to become a worker in His kingdom.  Don’t count yourself among the people, who through attitudes and actions have produced a lack of concern, knowledge, courage, faith and focus.  

So, what can you do?  If you are asking this question of yourself, then you are concerned.  Here is the short answer:  

  • Become knowledgeable…learn.  
  • Become courageous…pray. 
  • Become strong in your faith…act. 
  • Become focused…plan.

God Bless

Michael at R2W 

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