Our message is to be Jesus, Jesus, and only Jesus! As Paul states in 1 Cor. 2:2 “For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” Take a second and think about your daily conversations. How much of what you say on any given day is this Gospel message? Or maybe I need to be asking when was the last time that you proclaimed Christ to someone else?
He is the One we proclaim! And how are we to proclaim the Name above all names? First, by admonishing others, which means to warn, caution, encourage, or urge. It literally means to put in mind. As we interact with others we are to be about encouraging them, believer and unbeliever, with the message of Christ. Second, we proclaim Jesus by teaching others. In order to teach others, you need to know it yourself first. Also, there is a difference between telling someone and teaching someone. Teaching implies a goal of imparting, instilling, and explaining the topic. Have you ever had a bad teacher? What was it about that teacher that made it hard to learn from them? Now, what about a good teacher? What was it about that teacher that made that subject come alive within you? We are to be teachers of the message of Christ. And we are to admonish and teach with all wisdom. We get a good picture of what wisdom looks like in Jam. 3:17 “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
Finally, the goal of all this proclaiming, admonishing, and teaching is so that I’m the smartest. Right? Wrong. The goal of these interactions with one another is that we may all become fully mature in Christ. Fully mature, complete, perfect is the goal. We will not be perfect until we reach heaven which means we are to keep learning and growing until the we reach the end of this life. So, keep learning, keep teaching, keep doing life around Christ with everyone and with every breath!