Unashamed Of Jesus
From Webuye, Kenya
I just returned from teaching on biblical leadership before several African bishops, pastors, and lay leaders. To be honest, it’s not hard to boldly declare Jesus in that situation. The vast majority of the audience knows Jesus. They love Him. Many rode many kilometers on the back of the motorcycle taxis, peddled their bikes, or walked through sun and rain to hear the seminary professor from the U.S. When the day is over, they want to shake my hand, and one on one while we eat they enthusiastically share what the Spirit of God taught them from 1 Timothy,
When I get back to my hotel and I’m sitting in the eating area before Pastor Sammy and Pastor Zach join me for dinner and a stranger asks me where I’m from (I don’t look Kenyan) and why I’m in Webuye—then it’s easy to duck the challenge and simply say, “I’m a professor from Texas and I’m here teaching,” instead of being straightforward and telling them that I’m here to encourage church leaders and help them serve Jesus more effectively. When I’m tempted not to mention Jesus, I remember what He said about the need to confess Him before men and not just in church.
“But I say to you, everyone who publically confesses me before men, the Son of Man will confess him before God’s angels. But the one who denies me before men I will deny before God’s angels.
And all who speak a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him. But the one who blasphemes the Holy Spirit it will not be forgiven.
Now when they bring you before the synagogues, the rulers, and before the authorities, don’t be worried about how to reply or what to say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that hour what it is necessary to say.” - Luke 12: 8-12
What does Jesus mean when He says He can be cursed but not the Holy Spirit? The answer is that someone can read about Jesus in the Bible, they can hear someone preach about Him and not get it. They might even use His name as a curse word when things go wrong. They simply don’t get it that the man Jesus is God in human form. But who is working deep in their heart trying to help them get it? It’s the Holy Spirit, and when someone curses, rejects, hardening themselves against this inner divine voice, they don’t have a chance of trusting in Jesus. What’s unforgivable is to never believe that Jesus died to forgive your sins and rose again to give you a new life because you continually resisted the Spirit’s passion to bring you to Jesus.
LORD, thanks for giving special power from your Spirit in today’s meetings. He did give me ideas and illustrations from 1 Timothy 3 that connected with my Kenyan brothers and sisters. I wasn’t before any synagogues or governmental leaders. I was before a lot of Kenyan church leaders and I was worried about having the right words. You kept Your promise. You put the words in my mouth.
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