Carey Lewis Devotions
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
Sermon On The Mount (Part 25)
Unqualified Evangelism
Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
Matthew 7:6 (NKJV)
What happens when judgmental Christians start hurling the Word of God like a fiery dart? I know first-hand. Consider the prequel: When my life became broken beyond human repair, Jesus became my Carpenter. Reconstruction began at age 51. With love and precision, He rebuilt my life.

I asked Him to work quickly, and I dove into His Word. Immediately, It kept me afloat--because I had been treading water for a long time. I even dreamed of going under. Soon, I began moving forward. Today He sends Me on His way--with immeasurably more than I lost.

But one thing I lost was my husband. He and I married in college. 28 years later, I committed to Christ. I became convicted of my mistakes as a wife. I was already convicted of his mistakes as a husband. Only now I had the Bible to back me up.

Not only did I ingest Scriptures that helped me, I served up Scriptures to help him. But he didn't ask for that Meal, and I was a brand new chef. Basically, I was placing what was holy before someone not ready to receive It. Jesus' purpose got trampled beneath our feet, and my husband left in search of new ground.

Here's the thing: my evangelism was unqualified. Because the Qualifier is Christ, and He is 'Humble and gentle of Heart' (Matthew 11:29). I wasn't. Nor did I wait for His move. I made one of my own. But as a Man, Jesus waited on God's timing. 'No one can come to Me unless the Father Who sent Me draws him' (John 6:44).

Actors, models and talent for Christ: I've witnessed a wisdom in you only God could give. I believe you know better than I did: evangelism must be seen first in your actions, and heard later in your words.

Because throwing the Sword of the Spirit can be harmful without the Hand of God behind It.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Sermon On The Mount series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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