Condition of your heart
I wanted to talk about having a better understanding on how to have fellowship with non believers without hurting your walk with Jesus. I’ve encountered some people who have questioned why would I interact with non believers when their experience with that person is considered very “sinful” or they interpret my social media posts assuming I am sinning with them or they share their dismay of my performing with a sinner. Halt right there, who is feeding you these thoughts? Remember. Satan loves division and feeding lies any way he can. Remember he is the Father of lies after all. What you see are often lies It begins with what in your heart. I want to remind you who Jesus ministered to and often hung out with in the Bible. Jesus spoke to the swindlers, prostitutes, unjust, adulterers, and even tax collectors. Pharisees didn’t like this and this is the behavior of some Christians. Some have a habit placing judgement on non believers and at times, believers too but let’s look at what Jesus said in the Bible:
"Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. "For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.
You see- it’s about the condition of your heart. Be careful before you decide to place judgement like the pharisees who thought they’re more holier than others. God sees everything and He knows the heart of each one of us.
How are you supposed to minister others about Jesus when you’re only hanging out with Christians? You may be the only Bible that non believers will ever ‘read.’ You can use that opportunity to minister others for the scripture says:
We are co workers with Jesus on Earth and need to tell others about Jesus. Your life is an example for others to know about Jesus. If you’re too busy judging them, then it’s no wonder they do not want to have a relationship with Christ. You are the introduction to who Jesus is and if your heart's not in check then that may negatively influence whether they would want to know Jesus. You may claim you’re a believer but if your heart isn’t like Christ, then you may find that those who you had judged in the first place may end up going to heaven and not you. We are to love the sinner but reject the sins.
One time, Jesus’ own mother and brothers wanted to speak with Him amid a gathering of people and He replied: “Who is My mother, or My brothers? … For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother.”
Take note that, if you find yourself spiritually weak or picking up some faults that are sinful, then that’s when the boundary needs to be set. Set boundaries on areas you know that are your weaknesses and use your strength on areas that can give the non believers an opportunity to know you, to know Christ. That’s taking responsibility to protect your spirit and your walk with Jesus.
2 Corinthians 6:13-15
Paul also writes, “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers … for what part has a believer with an unbeliever?”
In the Old Testament, God commanded Israel not to use two different types of animals to plow the same field because one of them would hinder the other from doing its work. Paul uses this example as a comparison to trying to preserve a close relationship with people who have not made the same commitment to God that we have, who do not have the same goal to become Jesus’ pure and spotless bride.
We can also become an example to the non believers in hopes that they too can receive the blessings of a life in God. There is no greater love we can show them than this, even though they may interpret our actions as just the opposite. But if we bear through misperceptions and remain faithful to God, these verses will be fulfilled in our lives: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”Matthew 5:16.