The people of Israel mingle with godless foreigners, making themselves as worthless as a half-baked cake! (Hosea 7:8 NLT)
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11 NKJV)
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. (Colossians 3:16, 17 NLT)
I have heard it preached many times that if you just do this, do that, practice this, or read that, you will become ‘Super Christian’. But there are no secrets even though so many claim to have found the key. Christianity is a lifestyle. Notice how it is ‘Fruit of the Spirit’ (Galatians 5:22-23) and not ‘Fruits of the Spirit’. That is because it is not a little of this or a little of that. It is a single way to live your life. It takes all the ingredients to make us Christlike! And the end result will be that we draw others to our savior and Lord.
Look what happened in Matthew 9:27-31. Two blind men had enough faith to be healed, but openly disobeyed a stern order from Jesus not to tell anyone. Also, there was no doubt that Peter loved Jesus, but he still betrayed him.
I believe that Christians today fail to propagate the Gospel of Jesus Christ effectively, more than any other reason, is because they do not live a consistent, balanced and well rounded life.
Being a half-baked, half-dressed Christian stands out like a hair in your soup. People of the world take notice and are repulsed by it. The shame of it is that most Christians do not take notice or are aware of it. The test is: Do you have people being drawn to Christ because of the way you live your life? Most of us will probably say, “No.”
The reason why a lot of non-Christian people appear to live better lives than Christians is because they live consistent lives even though they don’t live holy lives. Consistency is crucial.
For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (James 1:6 KJV)
The reason I am writing what I am writing is so that each of us exams ourself and corrects anything that may not be drawing people to Christ. You may say you are living a holy life, but if you are not drawing people to Christ, something is amiss. Remember this important fact, that hardness is not holiness. We need to be wise on how we stand against the sins of society. Hardness without love will only turn people off.
The effects of the Gospel are like a magnet. It either repels or attracts. We see that in Jesus’ life and the Apostles’ lives. We know that we will not be able to draw all men in, but if all are repelled, correction must take place on our part. God Bless!