Yesterday in Part 1 we were looking at what it really means to KNOW the Lord. See
To Know Him and Make Him Known – Part 1
Now on to what it means to MAKE HIM KNOWN.
Making Him known is not in quoting scriptures, following a format to witness to unbelievers or getting someone to pray a prayer. Now I’m not saying that this isn’t effective in reaching people and introducing the Gospel to them. In some cases it is, and people do come to the Lord. What I am saying, is that there is a spiritually organic essence being manifested through us. The Lord is made known when we have allowed Him to imprint Himself, the Living Word upon our hearts. In so doing, we become Living Epistles.
“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everybody. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.” 2 Cor. 3:2-3 (NIV)
What is being “know and read by everybody?” Our very lives. This is one of the problems in Christianity, we are trying to communicate something we are not walking. When you do this, your words will not have the power to make a lasting effect. The most powerful witness is the hand print of God on your life. When you have allowed the Holy Spirit to do this in your heart, your words will carry the weight of heaven behind it. Now that’s effective!
What I am saying and what this scripture is saying, is the Lord wants to take us from having a revelation, to BEING the revelation; from having the word to BEING the word. You, your life may be the only Bible, the only Word from God some people may ever see. A famous preacher once said, “Preach the Words always, speak if you must.”
A Living Epistle makes Him known by a life that is living the Word. Can we proclaim as true that which hasn’t been true in our lives? God says what He means and means what He says. We must let it become true in us that it may be truth flowing through us. “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” And remember, truth is a Person, not a concept. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Paul wouldn’t even speak about anything that he wasn’t walking.
“For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed…” Rom. 15:18 (NKJV)
“But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal His Son in me SO THAT I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man.” Gal. 1:15-16 (NIV) – Emphasis Mine
Paul saw this inward revelation and unveiling of the Son as a prerequisite to preaching Him. Far too many are preaching Him with only the outward revelation of the Son.
A Living Epistle makes Him known by His Presence. The Lord wants His Presence to be so evident in us, that even unbelievers sense it. They may not understand what is different, but they will know there is a difference. Some will be drawn by His Presence and some will be repelled.
“But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life.” 2 Cor 2:14-16 (NIV)
That’s powerful! We are the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. The Word says that no one comes to the Father except that the Spirit draws him or her. To those that the Holy Spirit is dealing with and drawing to Himself, are the ones that will be drawn by His Presence in your life.
We are not called to beat people over the head with the Word of God, but we are called to be His witnesses. A witness is one who has seen something and can testify as an eyewitness to what they have seen for themselves. The most powerful witness is an eyewitness. We can only be an eyewitness to what we have seen and experienced for ourselves.
An effective witness is an infectious witness. When you have joy, an attitude of gratitude and enthusiasm of what the Lord has done for YOU, you don’t have to say much before people want to know why.
Another vital aspect of making Him known is discipleship. Once someone does pray a prayer, they need much care. You do not leave a newborn baby to itself when they come from their mother’s womb. They need constant care and attention. It is true also of those that accept Christ as Savior. They need care and attention to learn how to walk in the ways of the Lord. And that will take someone who will take them by the hand and walk with them through it.
So many have prayed with a friend to receive the Lord, or prayed on the street, or even at the altar, and where are they now? We must see evangelism and making Him known as not only bringing people to the Lord, but also walking with them until they are established and planted in the house of the Lord.
“When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”” Matt. 9:36-38 (NIV)
Will you be one that knows Him in such a way as to become a Living Bible? Will you be one that allows His compassion to be manifested in you to help those that are coming to the Lord be established and planted in the house of the Lord? His mission for us is simple: To Know Him and Make Him Known. If we will but keep this at the forefront of all that we do, can we not help but see His will and promises come to pass?
Here are some questions for you to examine yourself and prayerfully ponder. Please take some time, be honest with yourself, and allow the Holy Spirit to show you any areas that need change or strengthening.
What is the #1 pursuit of MY life?
What are people reading when they “read” my life?
Do I talk to others about things that I am not walking?