Far to often we think of sharing our faith as being an activity where we go and share the gospel with someone else. And certainly there is something great that happens when we do share about Christ with others. Yet, we limit the scope of what it means to be active in sharing our faith, if we limit it to that of overt evangelism.
I have been thinking through Paul’s letter to Philemon. It’s the shortest letter in the New Testament and perhaps for the most part is a letter that is normally missed out in our devotional reading. I mean, after all, its a private letter to a slave owner, where Paul is asking him to free his runaway slave.
But there is a powerful prayer that Paul prays in verse 6. “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every thing we have in Christ.”
Paul is praying that the rubber will hit the road for the person he is praying for. That he will live his life in a way that reflects the fullness of the gospel and not just speaks about it. For him, he taps into his theme in Galatians where he says in Christ there is no age, gender, nationality or social class distinctions.
For the slave owner to truly get full understanding of what it means to live in the freedom of Christ – Paul is encouraging him to set his slave free, so that the truth of all being equal in Christ is reflected through his lifestyle.
I have to ask myself the question,what are the things that I do that prevent me from having a full understanding of Christ?