Apostle Paul challenges us as believers in and disciples of Jesus thus: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. . . For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:11, 13).
The greatest thing that Christ Jesus has done for us believers in Him is the forgiveness of our sin, setting us free to longer live in sin but transformed to live the newness of life through the holy Spirit power. The freedom we enjoy is Christ gladdens us and causes us to desire such deliverance and freedom for those who are yet to know Him like we do. Such a practice is a sign of spiritual growth and maturity becoming increasingly like Jesus. God loves all people/sinner and desires that all come to His saving knowledge (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 Timothy 2:4). We must daily position ourselves and use any opportunity to evangelize. You and I will grow deeper in Christ when we do so and thereby growing His church as well. I was fascinated by Rick Warren’s powerful statement for us as disciples of Jesus. Speaking to Pastor and leaders he said, “Churches grow deeper trough discipleship (and evangelism)! As a Church leader, you can know that it is God’s will for every single person who attends your church to be completely transformed to be like Jesus. And as People are transformed, the Church is transformed. The problem is, we misunderstand what spiritual depth is all about. We assume it’s about knowing more about God’s Word when it is really about doing more of what the word says to do”
Have you and I been truly set free and we enjoy the spiritual transformation by the holy Spirit? If so, we must be eager and enjoy loving other sinners to bring them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. - Dr. Johnson Omoni