Great word from The Word from my friend Jesse Weeks. He also gives a handful of ‘verses to remember’ that I challenge you to do just that:
What an insightful message was delivered by Brother Chris on Mark 12:18-27. Indeed, the Sadducees were exposed by Jesus for their ignorance of the Law of Moses. They considered themselves licensed to lead the Jewish nation with their selective understanding and teaching of the law. “Jesus replied, ‘Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God?” Mark 12:24. As Brother Chris aptly called them, each was a “Sad-You-See”! Their license to lead should have been revoked!
In our world we deal with licenses on a daily basis. We study a detailed driver’s license manual in preparation for a test that we must pass in order to become legally licensed to drive. If you claim to be a lawyer, teacher, electrician, plumber or any of many professionals that require an actual license, you must first be formally educated with the specific knowledge necessary to pass an exam. You must obtain the license before you are allowed to practice the profession. That is the assurance that the public has that you are qualified to practice. If you are not so educated and licensed then you are considered a “Sad-You-See”, but not allowed to practice for the protection of the public. Praise the Lord for these standards.
As a born again believer in Jesus Christ, you may or may not have been educated in The Word prior to your salvation experience. Your confession, profession and His crucifixion gave you license to practice as a Christian before you were educated by Holy Scripture to do so. The cart was put before the horse to speak. You are filled with the Holy Spirit but not the knowledge of the Bible to defend your faith or answer questions about your new found hope. It is then your responsibility to seek that education and obtain that knowledge necessary to fulfill that responsibility. The only way to do that is to read and reread the Bible and search out understanding where you are confused, so that you are prepared to answer the many questions you will be asked as you walk the Christian path.
Each of us has a salvation experience that we can share but we should know the Roman road to salvation and be able to share it with any and all at the spur of the moment. Romans 3:23 “everyone sins”, 6:23 “the penalty is death”, 5:8 “Jesus died for our sins”, 10:8-10 “forgiveness means confessing and believing”. Pray for the opportunity to read and share those verses in their entirety with a non-believer.
You may be asked to explain the Trinity, so you need to understand John 4:24, “God is spirit and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth,” and 2 Corinthians 13:14, “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” How do you explain faith to a non-believer, but with scripture? 2 Corinthians 5:7, “For we live by faith, not by sight.” and Galatians 3:26, “So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith” and also Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” We must always be prepared to offer assurance of our salvation to believers and non-believers. We do so with scripture such as John 1:12, “But to all who believed in Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.”
Read and study the Bible daily so you can be a responsible Christian (licensed by Jesus Christ and educated by Holy Scripture)!
Don’t be a “Sad-You-See”, be a child of God!