Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- July 15, 2013
“When they [Paul and Barnabas] came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and elders, to whom they reported everything God had done through them.” Acts 15:4
Can a follower of Jesus contain the great works God does in and through them? Or, are they compelled to communicate Christ’s faithfulness, forgiveness, healing, answered prayers and salvation stories? Joy and gratitude to God cannot be contained in a life surrendered to the Lord. God waits for His works to be openly shared for His glory.
The grace of God causes a man or woman to glow under its influence. Discerning Christians look a soul captivated by Christ and they know they have been with Jesus. So, we humbly tell of how the Lord is meeting our financial needs, delivering a friend from addiction, growing disciples and how He healed a fractured family relationship.
“Since my youth, God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds” (Psalm 71:17). A soul might explode, unless it shares about God’s faithfulness.
We are too sophisticated in our faith when we are shy and silent about God’s great work. We celebrate and communicate earthly accomplishments, why not do the same over highlights from heaven? Our earthly eternal endeavors have been bountiful blessed by the Lord. Everything good we experience finds its roots in the righteous acts of the Almighty.
Therefore—give your friends and when appropriate acquaintances and strangers—the gift of a God story, but be careful to keep Christ the central character. After all, it’s all about Him and not you. Godly people celebrate His work in your life and seekers are curious to hear what Christ can do for them. God stories fill hearts with faith and thankful praise.
Lastly, do not limit the atonement of Christ to a select people group. God’s grace transcends all tribes, nations and cultures. Shortsighted is the soul that only sees people like themselves come to know the Lord. We share God stories globally, because our Lord longs for all nations to hear of His faithfulness. His story brings glory and honor to Him.
“Sing to the LORD, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods” (1 Chronicles 16:23-25).
Prayer: What story of the Lord’s faithfulness can I share today for His glory?
Related Readings: Job 37:5; Psalm 86:10; Matthew 21:42; Acts 15:12
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