13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you. – 1 Cor. 5:13 NLT
Paul is not suggesting that we never associate with worldly people whose lives are controlled by their fleshly desires. Just as Jesus said, we “are in the world but not of the world”. We hold ourselves to different standards. We are not to think of ourselves as “better than” nor are we to think of ourselves as “holier than” anyone. What we are to do is to separate ourselves from our Christian brothers and sisters who have chosen to live unholy lifestyles. We are as Paul puts it to “expel the wicked person from among you.” This seems harsh to us. We had rather hide behind verses such as “judge not lest you be judged” and “pull the plank out of your own eye before you point out the toothpick in your brother’s eye”. (my paraphrase) We must keep the Temple of Christ clean and holy.
1 Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.—2 Cor. 7:1 NIV
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” -Anonymous
14 But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? — Romans 10:14 NLT
When we accepted Jesus as our Savior, we became a part of a family and took on the family name, Christian. One of the biggest responsibilities that comes with the family name is telling others about our new family and inviting them to become a part of that family. “Go and make disciples” isn’t a suggestion, it is a command. That doesn’t mean that we all have to lay down what we are doing and go to foreign countries but it does mean that wherever you are is your mission field. “Go” to your family, your neighbor, your business associate, your friends and your enemies. Telling others about Jesus should be considered a privilege and it should be a joy for us to do it. When God called us to be His child, He had a plan and a purpose for us. He has a part for each of us to play in building His Kingdom here on earth and in heaven. Can we be Christians without “going and telling”? Each of us should ask God that question and seek His answer diligently. Can we be happy, joyful Christians without “going and telling”? Since not telling is being disobedient, I seriously doubt it. If you have never experienced the joy of leading someone to Christ, ask God to give you that opportunity today.