Before You Answer a Question…

Posted: February 4, 2015 in Thoughts on art ministry and life
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Every so often I get a communication that begs the question, “Why did I get this?” The communication seems so far out in left field that I just don’t have a clue what inspired it. “What did I do to bring this on?”

This is an essential for those of us who are trying to communicate any message, but especially the Gospel. It is crucial that we do not answer the questions no one is asking. People are already on information overload. No need to bury them with a bunch of extraneous information they didn’t ask for, especially if your information is negative or condemning.

Take this blog for example. This blog is about creative ministry. The people who come here, come here to learn and share about creative ministry and using their creative gifts to serve the Lord. When I am seeking things to post, that’s my frame of reference. I try to give you what I believe you’re looking for. I stray from it very sparingly and usually give fair warning in advance. I try to give you what you came for. (By the way, questions and comments really help me to narrow that down.)

When we go out to share the Gospel, we need to remember it is good news, so it’s best to lead off with the good news. There is a God and He loves you. He gave His only Son to rescue us from our sins so that we can live forever in heaven. This is so much better than leading off with sin and judgment and punishment. When it comes to my creative work, I love to create work that makes people ask questions. Because then I can answer those questions with the truth that will set them free. This comes down to trust. Can we trust God enough to realize that He is capable of conviction and correction? Can we trust that if a person receives Jesus that the Holy Spirit will begin to do a work in their lives? I think we can so I lead with Jesus. How about you?

1 Peter 3:15 gives us to formula:

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,

1. Revere Christ as Lord. He is Lord. We are not. He can handle our sin and bring us to repentance. He did that for you, right?

2. Be prepared to give an answer of hope. Not condemnation, hope. After all, what do we have in Christ if not hope?

3. Do this with gentleness and respect. We don’t have to beat people over the head. We need to treat people with respect and dignity if we want to see them receive our message. We need to do this regardless of what they do in return. That speaking the truth in love thing… Jesus meant that.

God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Let’s do what we do in humility, gentleness, respect and over all of it love.

That’s the answer our world is seeking. Let’s act like we know where to find it.

 

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