SPOTLIGHT - the biggest lie
About The Spotlight Writer
Loryn Heitzmann is currently a Baylor sophomore in Waco, TX. She is also a member of Baylor's Co-ed Cheer Team. She grew up in Magnolia, TX. Loryn is intelligent, hard-working, funny & kind. Watch out because this girl is a world changer.
the biggest lie
by Loryn Heitzmann
Let me take a second to note that this is a classic message and though you may already know it, I think it will still be beneficial to you. I might not educate you, but I hope to still remind you.
God's going to talk to somebody today, so don't miss out on the opportunity for it to be you.
Hearing why people choose not to follow Jesus is an interesting topic from a believer's perspective. I can't even fathom what life would be like without Jesus in my life, so the idea of someone choosing against it just blows my mind. There are loads of responses that come up, but a common one I hear is that he/she feels that they're too sinful to become a Christian. They believe that their sin is too much too be overcome and forgotten. That breaks my heart.
We know that no one has enough sin to scare God away. Sin is not scary to God. Humans do not intimidate Him and therefore your sins can't either. Our God does not discriminate with his love. He doesn't care how much money you have, what language you speak, or how often you drink. He still loves you, His child, all the same.
Whether or not you choose to acknowledge it, you have been redeemed by Christ and God created you and knows you. This message is so so encouraging and very important to understand, so I had to reiterate how awesome God is and how there's nothing we can do to make ourselves unlovable to Him for He is love. (1 John 4:7-8)
"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."
I think that explaining this to someone who feels that they wouldn't belong to a community of believers is a great message and a great intro to the Gospel and all it has to offer, but how can you make them believe it?
I recently realized that you could also say it this way: satan does not discriminate with his temptation.
What do I mean by that?
Just because someone chooses to pursue a relationship with God does not mean that they will cease to sin. Even though, sometimes, I tell myself that that is true. Satan is still there and still telling lies. Every Christian will be tempted by the enemy as much, if not more, than any non-believer.
This lie that we "have it all together" is the mural that we have painted on the outside of our "Christian bubble" for the world to see. Well, we don't, and this facade is intimidating to some in search of grace. Satan still tempts the believer. Some of the "Godliest" people take part in habitual sin, but the amount of courage it takes to be vulnerable, overshadows the opportunity to share love to someone in the same boat.
Aaand how is this an encouraging message you ask?
We've got to start showing people who feel spiritually filthy that a church is not a place for clean people, but a place for people to be washed.
Every single person EVER has, is, and will be tempted, but thank the Lord (really) that we can focus on the love and grace so freely given instead of the lies so freely told.
Proverbs 28:13 tells us "Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy." (daaaaang)
It is so much more comfortable for someone to go to a place where they don't feel like a weed in the rose garden. Instead of trying to convince them that they're a rose, explain to them that you too are a weed. None of us can escape the devil's tongue or the Holy Spirit, but we can equip ourselves to know the difference.
The whole message behind me telling you this is because believers, me included, tend to advertise God as the Chip and Joanna of lifestyles, flipping sinners into saints. However, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". Even the pastor, pope, and lead singer of your favorite worship band. In the wise words of Hannah Montana, "Nobody's Perfect".
I do believe that God can change lives and that He does every single day. I don't know where I would be without Him. Probably overwhelmed with anxiety and a loss of purpose, but because of my faith in Him, I can fight those lies instead of having to be submersed in them. They are still there, I just know something greater and stronger that I choose to believe in.
Ephesians tells us to "Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil" ( Ephesians 6:11). What good would the armor of God be if temptation ceased to exist after becoming a disciple? God knows that we can't fight the enemy on our own so He provides himself as a shield so that we can find comfort in Him. He is an armor to protect us from sin, not a costume we wear to pretend it isn't there.
If someone you know is contemplating Christ, then be vulnerable with them and share the struggles you have. Talk about what the devil is doing in your life and how what the Lord is doing is so much better. Don't tell 'em that they CAN be redeemed, but that they ARE redeemed.
Satan is strong, but the Word is so much stronger.