• Don't be a Sell Out
February 20, 2017

 

 

Often in my own life, I sell out my faith. It’s hard to admit this; especially, as someone who’s full-time occupation revolves around his faith in God – but it’s true. In the culture we live in today its harder and harder for me to be honest, and to stand firm in the midst of a culture that is constantly at war against religion, opposing views, politics, faith, ideologies, creeds, or really anything anybody claims to believe.

 

Sometimes it’s a lot easier for me to sell out. To sit back, mind my own business, shut up, and move on with my day.  Although this is sometimes my response, I’ve come to realize that this response is in conflict with the calling that Christ has given His followers.

 

I feel like Jonah, being called to reach the barbaric people of Nineveh, and instead of jumping in with two feet, he ran from God literally in the complete opposite direction only for God to literally spit him back out to where Jonah was supposed to go.

 

It’s hard to not be a sell out when you know you will be faced with opposition. As a young adult I feel it. Many of my friends gaining success, starting families, building portfolios, how dare I speak my faith into their lives – its not like they are living poorly or are struggling. (These are the thoughts I think)

 

Christ doesn’t call us to reach only the hurting, or the marginalized (although yes they are important) He calls us to reach all people.

 

Matthew 9:37-38 says, “Then He (Jesus) said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

 

If we read this verse literally, it could be paraphrased as: “There are people waiting to hear about Jesus, but for some reason Jesus’ followers are too afraid, so pray that Christians would go and do what they are supposed to do”

 

But I’m a sell out. Too afraid to share my faith to those who I feel are doing just fine on their own. Christ doesn’t call us to be sell outs, the only thing we are to sell out to is Him. Click To Tweet

 

1. Be a sellout to Jesus.

 

Man Looking Out on WaterIt’s crazy the amount of people who claim to be “Jesus Freaks” but refuse to tell others about Jesus. Its one thing to put a bumper sticker on your car, or listen to the latest Hillsong Worship or Elevation Worship album. It’s a whole different thing to actually sell out your entire life to the cause of the Gospel. If we were to have more young people that wouldn’t just sell part of their life to God, but willingly allow Him to overtake all aspects of their lives, maybe we could really see the revival so many are praying for.

 

2. In the midst of fear, stand strong.

 

Image of a Fearless Key Necklace held by a girlSometimes, for me, the reason that I freeze in fear is because I lose sight of the power I really have. If you call yourself a Christian, then the Holy Spirit is inside of you. With that kind of power, you will have the ability to stand strong even when things are rough. So often we choose to sell out, and ignore what God has called us to do because of fear. When times like this happen we must be diligent to hold on to the strength we have through the Spirit that is within us.

 

3. It’s ok if you don’t have all the right answers.

 

Image of Mountains with a Lost and Found Sign
 Even if we get the whole fear thing down sometimes it can be intimidating for someone to ask us a spiritual or biblical question. We fear that if we don’t have the right answers, or the right response, then God will be disappointed in us. This is not the case. Remember, the crux of the Christian faith is not about what you do, but about what Christ has already done. We don’t need to earn God’s favor; His hand is already on us. It’s ok if you don’t have the right answer, but be sure to point them to where they may be able to find it.

 

I’ve come to the conclusion that the Enemy will attempt to get me to sellout on my faith, so that he can distract me from the calling God has placed on my life. Its never the wrong time to talk to someone about Jesus, or encourage someone spiritually. Click To Tweet Satan will often whisper the illusion in our mind that we don’t have the right answer, or that we are going to make a fool out of ourselves.

 

The reality of the matter is that if we continue to sell out to things other then Jesus then we will diminish the impact of our faith on others. A faith that is growing, thriving, and reaching, is one that is constantly fighting and refusing to sellout to anyone or anything but Jesus.

 

 

 

Follow Me!

Brian Preiser

Director of Student & Young Adult Ministries at Bayside Chapel
Brian serves as the Director of Student Ministries at Bayside Chapel in Barnegat, NJ. He oversees middle school, high school, young adult, and special needs ministries.

He has a Bachelors of Science in Church Ministries: Youth Ministries from Liberty University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Christian Ministry: Leadership from Liberty University School of Divinity.

Brian is married to the love of his life, Danielle. He is called to not only reach, but also to equip and send out youth and young adults to be worldchangers for the sake of the Gospel.
Brian Preiser
Follow Me!
Brian serves as the Director of Student Ministries at Bayside Chapel in Barnegat, NJ. He oversees middle school, high school, young adult, and special needs ministries. He has a Bachelors of Science in Church Ministries: Youth Ministries from Liberty University and is currently pursuing his M.A. in Christian Ministry: Leadership from Liberty University School of Divinity. Brian is married to the love of his life, Danielle. He is called to not only reach, but also to equip and send out youth and young adults to be worldchangers for the sake of the Gospel.

Leave A Comment