In The Past

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

That is my past. I am so far removed from that life that in some ways I have lost touch with how unrepentant sinners think. I have a new mindset, a new way of looking at things. I have the Spirit of Truth leading me, so much so, that lies are drowned out.

What did I think back then when I heard “Repent you sinner!” It was so long ago, I am not sure about anything I might have thought in those moments. Do I know how sinners think now when they hear a call to repentance? Why I would try an approach like this to a stranger?

Do they know what it means to repent? For that matter do I? If we are to engage the lost in a conversation about salvation, we should know what we are talking about. We should not only understand the depths of the word in a biblical aspect but also how it might be perceived by someone who has never considered the issues of salvation.

Any rational conversation with those who do not know Christ should begin with an agreement of terms and conditions. We need to understand how they perceive our words and clear up any contradictions in usage. That takes time and commitment on both side. Street evangelism doesn’t have that kind of time.

If you are going to try and invoke repentance for a sinner, don’t you have to agree about sin? How do you define sin? How do they define sin? I can tell you from experience that my definition of sin is not accepted by the majority of faithful Christians. I must not invoke my person belief where other Christians will refute my definition. This only confuses the lost about what is right.

Rational Mind

Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.

Psalm 56:4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

Do we have to understand God before we can trust God? His way is perfect and His Word has proven itself to be true. Do we have to see it tested before we can believe it? The rational mind wants evidence to accept what it does not understand. An irrational mind will not accept the truth even with proof. There is no arguing with an irrational mind.

Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

A transformed life will not follow the path of the worldly mind, the thoughts we developed while living a life without Christ. Now that we are in Christ and Christ is in us, we can live by faith.

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

If we have to see it to believe it, then we are operating in our own strength and God is not in it.

Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

The strength to be right, to do right, dwells in us in the Spirit. This walk of faith requires us to hear Him by faith, to believe by faith and to obey by faith.