By: Lisa Wilmore
My Christian Friends,
I greet you in the only name that matters, and that name is Jesus the Christ. My heart, mind, and soul praise him for his mighty acts of kindness. Today and forever, I share with the angels envisioned by Isaiah, “crying unto another saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). Blessed is our Lord!
Thank God for the Holy Bible which was inspired by him. Timothy writes, “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God” ( 2 Timothy 3:16a). The word of God is not just a basic collection of words, but God’s breath of life. Since God’s word is life, we must truthfully share and allow his word to do what it is designed to do-that is to “teach, reproof (reprimand), correct, and instruct in righteousness”
(2 Timothy 3:16b).
In addition, the Bible teaches us that “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and, marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrew 4:12).
The season saints of God say, “the word of God does not need any help, it ‘cuts’ sharper than any two-edged sword.” So, gimmicks are not necessary when sharing the word of God.
One may ask, what are these gimmicks that are used when sharing the word of God? Well, anything that takes the focus from Jesus Christ, our Savior, and places it on things that appeal to carnal desires. Also, gimmicks such as marketing strategies that are used to recruit people of the world or sinners to our churches are not God’s way of kingdom building. Jesus nor his disciples used food, promotions, games, self-exaltation, etc. to get people to accept Christ. However, they preached the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a result, many were added to the church.
John pens Jesus saying, “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:44-45). In the early church, teaching the gospel is the method used to draw crowds and individuals to Christ. When sinners heard the word, they believed and were baptized. Gimmicks were not necessary then, and are not necessary today.