If you discovered the cure for cancer… would you share it? Of course you would. Are you a believer in Jesus Christ? Do you believe the gospel of the Bible and have faith in Jesus? If so, do you realize you have something infinitely more precious than a cure for cancer to share. You have something of eternal consequence, of eternal power. What you know can change people’s lives forever. You have no power over them directly, but you do know the truth; in order to have your sins wiped out, and in order to be raised from the dead and take your place in Heaven, you need Jesus. You need His sacrifice, His grace, His blood.
You, my dear brother or sister (in other words my fellow believers), have been given much. I don’t care about how popular you are or how rich or how poor you are, what you own or what you eat. The fact is you have been given much. And, to whom much is given, much is expected. Embrace the fact that you are watched; unbelievers are watching you. How do you act? How you act does not save you, this we know, but how you act shows a bit of Jesus to the world. Don’t use His name in vain… that’s not about cursing, it is about calling yourself a believer, and then acting like the world while others watch you.
This is not about beating people about the head with a Bible; is there anything more off-putting? What I’m talking about is a quiet faith that is shown in what we do, what we don’t do, what we say, what we don’t say… how do we control our anger, do we love our family in Christ, do we love God and love our neighbors as ourselves? Notice that; love your neighbor as you love yourself. Many Christians act as though you have to hate yourself, no, that’s not the answer to pride. The answer to pride is to love God first and foremost. A believer’s right pride comes from Jesus and what He has to offer.
Sharing your faith should be a lot like breathing, breathing is not flashy or showy, it’s natural. The Bible is clear; a proof of God and His Son hinges on us loving each other and treating our brothers and sisters AS brothers and sisters. Care about one another. Pray for one another. Pray for our country because we need it. We don’t need a president, we need God. Our founding fathers were, in the vast majority, Christian. They repeatedly reminded us that our nation is a strong nation because of our moral beliefs rooted in scripture. We know there is sin. We know there is grace. We share the gospel in the lives we lead, how we treat our children and other people’s kids. We share it in the way we treat our family… we share it in the way we treat our enemies.
I heard Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame being interviewed today, and he was right as usual; the answer is not a man-made ideology, its not liberalism, it’s not conservatism, the answer is God. The greatest story ever told is one centered on forgiveness of sin, and the power of Jesus over death, Hell, and the grave. Before someone has correct ideology, they need the creator of all in their lives, it is the only way they can think straight. I’m dumb, God is brilliant. I’m weak, God is strong. I’m sinful, God is perfect. We, and all people, need God in our lives. Share Him, in whatever way you are called to. Read your Bible. Pray. Pray hard. The world needs it.
Our country is made up of states, states are made up of counties, counties of towns, towns of families, families of individuals. In the age of grace God deals with individuals, not with nations as in times past (that time will come again, but is not yet). That means the individuals that make up this country need to be rooted in Christ. If the individuals are rooted, the nation is rooted. You can’t control anyone else, but you can work on you with God’s grace and power. The answer to our “secular” problems are indeed sacred in nature. Grow deed roots and help others do the same.
Grace and peace be with all of you who believe in Jesus the Christ, the Son of the living God, my prayers are with you, pray for me, pray for our nation, and our family in Him.