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I Am Innocent
1/27/2014

When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ.  But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean…”Acts 18:5-6 (NKJV)

I think one of the toughest things for me personally as a believer in Christ, is to see someone hurting emotionally and spiritually, lacking joy and peace—and yet I am not able to convey to them the hope and healing they can have in Jesus.  It’s not that I am unwilling, or unable to adequately articulate this hope in simple terms—it’s just simply their unwillingness to listen or to receive God’s spoken truth and His offer to heal them. 

Such was the case with the Apostle Paul in Corinth. We can see Paul’s heart and his faithfulness to share Jesus in order to help those who were lost in their sin and in need of salvation, but they were not willing to receive it.  In fact they opposed him and blasphemed, so Paul shook his garments and said to them, “Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean…”  Paul was basically saying to them, “Hey, it’s not my fault if you die in your sins…I love you and I want to help you, but if you will not accept what I am sharing with you, then I am no longer responsible—When I stand before God, I am innocent.”

So if we share Jesus with a person and they don’t want to receive God’s truth according to His Word, then we can know we have been faithful to do what God has asked of us.  As long as we are sharing in love, then the responsibility rests upon the one who is being spoken to to accept or decline, but we must do our part.  We see this responsibility first being spoken of in the Old Testament, as the prophet Ezekiel spoke this truth about the responsibility of a believer sharing with others and warning them about their sin.

When I say to the wicked, “You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul. Ezekiel 3:18-19 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you today—Let’s choose to be faithful in sharing the Gospel message with others.  If someone we share with doesn’t receive the message, then let’s continue to pray for them and continue to live in such a way that without saying another word, we may win them to Christ by our conduct.  Let’s stand before the Lord and like Paul, be able to say, “I am innocent!”  Praise Jesus, by His blood we are too.

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from Ezekiel 3:18-19 with respect to our responsibility to sharing with others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to be faithful to share the Gospel message today as the Lord leads you?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s faithfully share with others whenever the Spirit leads regardless if you feel they will accept it or not.  Even if someone doesn’t look like they want to hear it, be faithful to share Christ’s love in a loving way to them.

LET’S PRAY: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for saving us, and for having someone faithfully share the gospel message with each of us.  Father, lead us to share this message with others by the prompting of Your Holy Spirit.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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