The other week I had a dream I knew was from God. Last night I shared about it with my youth at HKC as they were main characters in it.
In my dream a whole bunch of us were in a massive hotel. It had many floors and elevators and stairs. We were in a room with huge glass windows and glass French doors that showed us the rest of the hotel. It had a library and big tv and comfy sofas. While we were hanging out the hotel hallways started to fill with people. Some were faces I knew and some were strangers. Then there was a noise. We looked out the windows to the outside and into the hallways and the hotel was been taken over by daleks.
The Daleks were going round saying EXTERMINATE EXTERMINATE and zapping people. We moved the couches and shelves over the doors and barricaded ourselves in the big safe room. But we realized that the people in the halls were in danger and at opportune moments we would pull the couches back and then rush into the halls warning people and getting them to come into the big safe room with us. In the big room they could read and rest or watch a movie. More and more people joined us and then more and more people were going into the hallways and up the stairs and rescuing people.
RESCUED PEOPLE RESCUE PEOPLE
For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[e] so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Cor 5:19-21
Being a rescuer starts from the inside out. It starts with making rescuing a priority. It starts with aligning our heart and goals and identity with His heart, His goals and His identity.
It starts with knowing that our mission is to know God and make Him known, that “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” Luke 19:10. Like really knowing.
We must get it on the inside but it’s lived in real life, outwards.
There are conversations that we can be part of that God has set up as opportunities to talk about Him, about how He has helped us, about how He is real. As we do life with people there are going to be times when our friends, when we go through hard times, when we can share encouragement and hope. The conversations we have can carry the seeds of the gospel. Have you seen the movie We Bought a Zoo? At one point, the dad says, “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.” Can you muster up 20 seconds of courage to talk to someone about how real and good God is?
There are people who find it difficult to make friends that you can befriend and there are opportunities where we can go against the flow, we can be kind to someone, we can show interest and care, instead of indifference or meanness.
One of the biggest, most convincing things you can possibly do to evangelize others is to live your life in a godly way, showing what a true Christian looks like. Your friends and family need to see how God has changed you and made you different from the rest of the world.
Are we living in such a way that those who know us but don’t know God will come to know God because they know us? Live what you believe so others will believe what you live
Being a rescuer begins with knowing how important it is, that God has given you an immensely important task. He could have chosen other ways to get the message out there, angels writing in the sky, divine dreams and phone calls from God but He said tag you’re it to us.
My advice, fall so in love with Jesus that you will live the way Jesus wants you to live and that that will shine out to people. Be a great ambassador!
Yet often there is something that freaks us out about evangelism and talking to our friends about God.
We think that perhaps people wont care.
Or that they might mock us.
That they might disagree with us, or defriend us.
We need to have the courage to have faith that is bigger than our fear and refuses to let anyone miss out on God.
But on the flip side.
Your friend might say yes to coming to HKC and give their life to Jesus. Your friend might listen and think about what you say and what you do and store that up in their mind. And in 1 year, 4 years, 15 years might be in a situation and they need Jesus and they’ll think of you and what you said and might go to church.
Yes it takes courage and confidence to stand up and stand out for Jesus but when we get how important it is for real and what the awesome possibilities are then it’s worth it.
We have been rescued. We know how awesome God is. We know what when we die we’ll go to heaven forever. We know that God loves us.
As rescued people we reach out to rescue others.
BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAYS ABOUT YOURSELF
The Bible says that the enemy prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)
He is like a Dalek roaming the halls looking for those he can exterminate.
1 Peter 5:8 goes on to say that we need to stand strong in our faith. That means that we know what God says about us and we believe it!
“When there is a fight between your heart and your head, experience has taught me that the best thing you can do is pick up your Bible and remind yourself of what God says.” Christine Caine
That is true in the face of any temptation and any argument against God but it is true in what we believe about ourselves. When there is a fight on the inside of you to say you’re useless, you’re worthless, you cant, you wont, its too hard, it’s too whatever, then pick up your Bible and remind yourself what God says.
What are some of the things the Bible says about you?
- Psalm 139
- Phil 4:13
- 2 Cor 5:17
Jesus chose you by name, called you into life, died in your place. He makes you innocent and holy. He calls you son or daughter, friend.
“Nothing about our birth was random or accidental. I was born for this time – and so were you. We were each chosen for a particular, cosmically important task that can be done by no one else.”
God picked you to live NOW. He chose you to go to your school, be in your sports team, be in your ballet class. You are created on purpose, with purpose.