Thursday, August 20, 2009

Reactions to the Gospel

I have been thinking about the reactions I have received from people after explaining grace to them, and came to the conclusion that I would be more satisfied with someone who got angry at the message rather than someone who just sits there, giving polite nods and smiling at me, all the while disagreeing with me.

At the very least let me know you understood what I have spoken to you. Please, show some sign of comprehension! I could say I somewhat understand what the Lord felt when he pleaded with a Church, "Would I that you were hot or cold! But you are lukewarm!"

If you reject the message, then reject it with passion! Perhaps then you would be zealous enough to read the Scriptures and find out if these things are indeed so. But if you sit there, passive and indifferent, then what hope is there of you ever even caring to understand?

The Gospel is not something to be indifferent about. You are either for it or against it.


Aida said...

Hey, Matthew. I think people tend to respond differently. Before I understood the love of God, I probably would have been one of those people who gave you a blank stare.

I've learned that I sometimes need time to processs new thoughts. At one time, I would have quickly rejected them even though I might not have said anything. Now, I'm not so quick to reject new thoughts but I still need time to process them.

So, don't get dicouraged. Continue to share as you feel led by God's Spirit. I'm sure you're having more of an impact that you may realize right now.

Matthew Campbell said...


Thank you for the encouragement. I just get frustrated when people don't respond at all to the message of grace. Some reaction, positive or negative would at least feel like I'm getting my point across.

I do hope that there is an impact happening that I am not aware of. Positive or negative. I just want to know people are hearing me correctly sometimes.

Aida said...

I'm sure some people are getting it but, for some of us, it takes time to simmer before we can fully understand.

Just remember the results are not your responsibility. All you need to do is share it to the best of your ability. The rest is between them and God.