Earth Shaking or Dust Shaking?
This sermon focuses on God’s call to take the Gospel to those around us. Looking at Paul’s example in Corinth we learn some lessons about the practical realities of reaching the lost. The big idea is that we must focus on those who WANT God.
Paul tries to preach to the Jews in Corinth, but they reject his message. Rather than wasting time with those who are hard hearted, Paul shakes the dust of his feet so that he can shake the earth for those who are thirsty for God. He goes to the Gentiles and wins them to Christ. The example is clear- we must share the Gospel with those who are hungry for God.
In order for that to happen we have to make sure our lives are focused on helping people find Christ. This isn’t just for full time ministers. Paul worked as a tent maker full time, but still shared the message of Jesus. Then, when an offering from the church in Macedonia made it possible, he filled the role of a full time evangelist. The point is clear, we should utilize whatever station in life God affords us to let others know of God’s plan for salvation.
But, we also have to be wise in our efforts. Some people really are searching for God. We are most effective when we focus on helping them find Christ. Others are hard hearted. While we want to help all we can, we must follow Paul’s example and focus our attention on those who are truly hungry and thirsty for God.
In the end, taking up a life committed to sharing Christ is intimidating for many. That’s why we must saturate our lives in the Word. it is the Word of God that changes hearts, not us. So, we take courage in the Word. As we saturate our lives in it, God uses it to help us reach others for him.
We must commit ourselves to getting God’s Word into our lives at every point possible. The world around us is hungry for God and God is counting on us. As we focus our lives on God’s Word, his message will be declared through our actions and words.