I had a scary thought today and it resonated with me for quite a while. What if I lived my life and I’m a harmless Christian? Have you ever considered if you are harmless? There are two ways to consider this word and one of them is in the positive and one is in the negative. I desire to be pure and harmless in the sense of non-corrupt. That should be the goal of all Christians.
…that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world… Philippians 2:15
This is good and right for a Christ follower, to have integrity and moral purity. What I’m talking about is in terms of effectiveness.
Let’s look at how Paul completes this thought.
…holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain. Yes, and if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. – Philippians 2:16-17
This is what I mean about being harmless. Harmless to the enemy, harmless to my reputation, harmless to those around me in a spiritual sense. When someone looks at my life, or when they look at your life, what is it they will say about you?
“He’s a really nice guy…”, “He seemed to provide for his family well and loved his wife and children…”, “He had a great house…”?
Nothing here is sinful, although being nice might be, but these can be godly things, but how have you effected the kingdom of God in your life? I mean to tell you there are too many harmless Christians out there that never make an impact. They come on Sunday at 10 and leave by 11:15. They probably won’t darken the door the rest of the week and then they go about their business; we might even argue if they are really believers but for the sake of this discussion let’s suppose they are. Are they lukewarm perhaps?
Where is the fire and the passion for God? What do they do with their time that actually matters to the kingdom? This is not a performance based measurement system that you should walk away feeling guilty about, unless you should.
And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. – Acts 19:15-16
Here’s a good example of being harmless, these guys really thought they were something and they had no impact. Their ministry was a sham, a facade, in reality their harmlessness or any professing Christian’s harmlessness is a great danger and harmful to the kingdom. For someone to profess Christ but never do what Christ did, or to love in the way that biblical love requires is the greatest betrayal of the gospel. This is a heinous betrayal of what you were saved from.
Please take a moment today and ask yourself, how am I impacting the kingdom of God? When was the last time I even passed out a gospel tract? Have you had a conversation with someone explaining why Christ had to die? Have you cried out for the innocent at an abortion mill? Or publicly proclaimed the name of Christ to a dead world?
These are more forward examples, but if you are a mother you should be teaching your children. You should be impacting the world that is placed in front of you in some shape or fashion. Unless you are just content to be harmless…
Pray that the Lord give you courage and boldness. That He would use you to further His kingdom, this is the greatest joy you can ever have. That God in His greatness would use earthen vessels in service to the King.