Making Christ Known

I discussed in my last blog that there are sure ways to know more of Christ. What about the second part of the motto: “To know Christ and make Him known.” When the time comes for an encounter with nonbelievers, however, do we know who we are about to introduce them to?

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Making Him known is not in quoting scriptures, following a format to witness to unbelievers or getting someone to pray a prayer. Now I’m not saying that this isn’t effective in reaching people and introducing the Gospel to them. In many cases, it is, and people do come to the Lord. What I am saying, the Lord is made known when we have allowed Him to imprint Himself, the Living Word upon our hearts. In so doing, we become Living Epistles and Christ is being manifested through us.

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Corinthians 3:2-3

What is being “known and read by everybody?” Our very lives. Can we proclaim this is true in our lives? God says what He means and means what He says. We must let it become true in us that it becomes the truth flowing through us. “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And remember, truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Paul wouldn’t even speak about anything that he wasn’t walking.

We are meant to clearly reveal Christ by our motives, words, and actions. How we live reflects on His reputation! Can I suggest that, at times, we are trying to communicate something we are not walking? When we do this, our words will not have the power to make a lasting effect. The most powerful witness is the hand print of God on our life. When we have allowed the Holy Spirit to do this in our heart, our words will carry the weight of heaven behind it. Now that’s effective!

Let me try and explain this by saying the Lord wants to take us from having a revelation, to BEING the revelation; from having the word to BEING the Word. Our life may be the only Bible, the only Word from God some people may ever see.

We have been entrusted with the noble mission of presenting Christ to our fellow men and women. Some are asked to carry this out by preaching, others by the testimony of their consecration. Most people, however, are called to seek sanctity in the middle of the world; they make Christ known by carrying out their work and personal obligations with human perfection and a Christian spirit

Jesus reminds all of us: ‘And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all things to myself’ (John 12:32). If you put me at the centre of all earthly activities, he is saying, by fulfilling the duty of each moment, in what appears important and what appears unimportant, I will draw everything to myself. My kingdom among you will be a reality!

In my own life I have identified and recognised the following as being essential for the work of the kingdom of God. They have enhanced my motivation and priority for the work to which I have been called. I trust they will encourage you:

Specific Assignment

We know that Christ’s appointment was from God. We too have been appointed for the work of the kingdom of God. We must make sure, however, that our calling for our specific role in that is pleasing to God and comes from Him.

‘But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus—the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God’ Acts 20:24 NLT

God has already placed a specific assignment in our life that only we can accomplish with His help. God has laid out a road map for us to be successful in His plans. He has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us to our divine destination.  The only way to be sure of completing our assignment is through constant fellowship with God (Secret Place). We need to be committed to the specific assignment God has given us

It is our job to discover that assignment. Seeking the Lord in prayer, meditation on the Word of God and by fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, we will discover the assignment of God for our life.  It is up to us to make sure we locate the path for our life.

From my own experience, I have found this difficult. Discerning my unique calling has not always been a simple undertaking. Many times I have reflected on Jim Collins quote “good is the enemy of great,” when after exploring an assignment I found it good but not great, not my true call from God. I have learnt that “great” demands that a deeper journey of discovery is required.

Position Ourselves

Not only was God pleased with the task He chose for Christ, He was pleased with Christ Himself. When God is pleased with what we are doing, we also experience His presence and power.

Before we are able to step into our calling we have to position ourselves while God is stirring our hearts. We must step out into our destiny before we can receive what God has for us. This is far and above your daily devotional time, far above duty or obligation

During this time I felt the Lord saying, “There is a transition, I am bringing you into another level, but you need to get hungry, even desperate. You are just not hungry enough, nor desperate enough. I want you to want ME more than anything.”

This was confirmed as I read my daily devotion one morning: ‘There are things God has planned to do, made provision for and desires to do – but He won’t until we ‘get into place’ where we can receive what He longs to give us. The blessing is there, safe in God’s keeping. But the blessing can’t come until our heart is in the right place for God to act. We need to pause, look up, and ask, ‘Lord, are You waiting for me to get into place?’ What does He want us to have? Not a mist, but a downpour! He’s willing and ‘able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us’ (Ephesians 3:20 NKJV). But first he must ‘get into place.’

Expect Trials

Jesus overcame the trials God predicted He would face. He did not give in to the pressures of the job. He stayed with His commission irrespective of its demands. We must not let anything get in the way of fulfilment of the mission he has called us too

Jesus persevered to perform the task that was assigned to Him despite its difficulties, and, as God promised, His perseverance resulted in people’s trust in His name. Despite discouragement and set-backs I have tried to stay on course and move forward in the community of others and in the fellowship of the suffering Christ. Only then could God by His Spirit use me to cause others to put their trust in Christ. The exciting thing was that it forced me to operate on renewed faith and unwavering prayer. What began with a promise for a future and a hope, has developed into a fuller understanding of the scope of His mission and my role in it.

Our work for the kingdom of Christ depends upon the power of the Lord Jesus who lives and works in and through us.

Nothing in life is more important than “knowing Jesus” and “making Him known.”  First, to know Jesus is to have an intimate with relationship with Him as your Lord and Saviour.  And second, to make Jesus known is to preach His life changing Gospel to everyone you can.  As disciples of Jesus in this generation we must be faithful to do both.

Each day we have to strive above all to get to know Christ better and, as a necessary consequence, to make him known as the only Saviour, who has proclaimed and lived the only message containing words of eternal life: the message of the infinite love of our Father God.

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