So here is a question for you. I have the privilege of speaking to high school kids at a bible camp in the summer. I have never felt so unsure of myself before. I don't know what to say. My heart burns within me to show them Christ. But I do not know how. Where do I begin, how do they have their eyes opened to see? I want everyone to see Christ and the reality He has brought. Why do so few Christians see?????? Shouldn't we see since we are in Christ? Why do some see and others don't. Or is it that all Christians see, just some have the flesh clouding their sight and others are truly seeing what they have always seen. John D
To be unsure of yourself and not know what to say - except that you want others to see Christ - is a most marvelous situation to be in. No, I'm not kidding. :) I can't begin to tell you how many times I've been heading to a group meeting with no idea what to say except holding a determination to present Christ to those who hear. It really feels weird to go so unprepared. I usually encourage the others to share some of their own recent experiences or thoughts and have found something in what is being said or asked that launches the reality of Christ within that exact situation. Those are the most dynamic sessions because what is being shared touches upon the real stuff of the lives of those who are listening.
And yes, fleshly wisdom does indeed cloud the sight of many believers. Of course, there are many who hold to the organized church system who think that they are immune to such fleshly wisdom because they study and teach good Bible doctrine when in fact their doctrine and teachings are embedded in the wisdom of man. That was Paul's problem with the Corinthian believers. They clung to man and to man's approval as they got caught up comparing themselves with those who compared themselves with others. And sadly they are pretty much representative of the typical modern evangelical church.