Responsibility-But What About Response?

The child of God has a very serious responsibility to God, to unsaved people, and to those who have received Jesus as Savior and Lord. The following Scripture speaks to us, who name His Name: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” (II Corinthians 6:14-18). No entangling alliance is to be entered into with any unsaved people. Such can and will bring serious trouble to any true Christian. (This doesn’t mean that we don’t reach out to lost people; it means that we don’t partner with them in a binding alliance). We are also to separate from false teaching, worldly values, attitudes, beliefs and behavior. Our difference from them should stand out, but not in any self-righteous way. This is our responsibility, but what about their response? In short, some will reject, ridicule, resist and resent. We may be persecuted. But it has happened, and may happen with you and me, that some will be attracted to the One who has done so much in our lives. We might make our prayer and determination that of Norman J. Clayton in his gospel song, “Only to Be What He wants Me to Be:” “Only to be what He wants me to be, ev’ry moment of ev’ry day; yielded completely to Jesus alone, each step of this Pilgrim way. Just to be clay in the Potter’s hand; only to do as His will commands. Only to be what He wants me to be, ev’ry moment of ev’ry day.” (Quoted from memory-may not be exact wording). Selah! God works in the lives of those observing us. As He does, our responsibility is to do that which II Corinthians 7:1 charges us to do: “Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”  Ron

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2 thoughts on “Responsibility-But What About Response?

  1. Another excellent one, Ron. I shared this on FB and several responded before I could get back to leave a reply to you. I prefaced it with, “Pastor Ron’s blog speaks of our RESPONSIBILITY to all those around us – and also speaks of their RESPONSE to us. Some will respond in a positive way – accepting God’s gift of Salvation and grow spiritually. Others will reject us and turn us away – but may we be faithful in standing for Our Lord and sharing His Love with others.

  2. I explained that there is a big difference between fellowship and witnessing to a lost person. We must identify the lines and never cross them.

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