is the chief encourager — positive thinker. “You can do this, my secular friend.” The next best is the chief expert — overwhelming with Scripture. The next best is the chief accuser — helping others see the sin to which they are blind. But the best — the one most likely to be used of the Spirit to transform lives, is the chief confessor. The chief remover of logs from his own eye.
The chief confessor has a healthy indifference as to what seculars do with Jesus, and this is extremely important. No one likes a pushy salesman or his message — the best ones, have a healthy indifference as to whether you buy or not. Over time, the chief confessor creates a safe environment in relationship with a secular friend, where the defensive secular has the freedom to look inside to see how much worse he is than imagined, where it’s safe to maybe join the chief confessor as a struggler at following God, see his bigtime need for Jesus and His imputed worthiness, so he is overwhelmed with Him, amazed by His unconditional grace/love.
So how does a believer become a chief confessor? Only by the work of the Spirit, freshly convicting of sin, especially the sin of independence/confidence-I-know-what’s-best-and-what’s-thankable/dissatisfaction-with-Jesus-and-His-imputed-worthiness, so the believer oozes with other-worldly humility and other-worldly love, thanking Jesus about everything just as it is.
— ShepherdDave, who is never the chief confessor, unless he’s been freshly convicted of the sin of independence/pride, so he’s momentarily DumbSheepDave, liberated about what others think about him, and what he thinks about himself, enjoying the bliss of Jesus-dependency/humility/cluelessness-he-knows-what’s-best, so the seculars around him might experience the other-worldly humility and other-worldly love of Jesus
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