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Link with your own world

By: Admin on February 24, 2013

No matter what we know about Jesus, the Bible, church or God, it is useless unless we’re actually putting it into practice.

Do those who are right around us know that we have faith in Jesus and that it actually has made a difference in our lives?

I’m not talking about being religious. Being religious has never gotten anyone anywhere. It certainly has never been part of God’s plan for those who believe in Him.

Very few of us will be called into a professional vocation of teaching, preaching and sharing the good news of Jesus. But this is not a job exclusive to the so-called “professionals” - this is a call and privilege of everyone who believes in Jesus. How do we link with our world, the world right around us?

1 Corinthians 2:1 - 5
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. 2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. 4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5 so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.

Not fancy words, intellectual debates. No one has ever been argued into the Kingdom of God through a debate. We cannot convince someone of the truth of Jesus, God or the Bible. That job is the Holy Spirit's, because these are deep truths and life-altering concepts that we as human beings really cannot get.

The Holy Spirit convicts and convinces people of their condition and the reality of Jesus in the world and their lives.

So how did Paul, who wrote the words above, present the message of Jesus? Through the truth about Jesus and the Power of the Holy Spirit. The truth came from the Bible and the Power came from the example of his own life and experience.

Paul used to be the destroyer of the church; a religious fanatic with murderous intent brought about by a deadly misconception of God and the Bible that led to hating Jesus and everyone who followed Him. But an encounter with Jesus changed him radically. Paul was now the great builder of Jesus' church. No one could deny this power. How does that apply to us?

Colossians 4:5 – 6
Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

Our motivation is love. Our practiced love is making the most of every opportunity we have with "Outsiders".

Outsiders are those who have yet to place their faith in Jesus. THEY ARE NOT THE ENEMY! Before our own encounter with Jesus, we were "outsiders" as well, and God loved us so much as to give Jesus to us to take on our punishment for our sins.

We truly LOVE others: sharing the awesome story of God's love through Jesus Christ. Not only sharing it, but living it by meeting people's needs and genuinely caring for others who need to know Jesus' power and love.

As we live and speak the truth of Jesus using His power and love we will truly be stronger and God will change the world, even our own little circle of world.

Topics: jesus, love, outreach

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