“The best messages are always repeated. Jesus reaffirms God’s message, and now we reaffirm Jesus’ message.”
Ever wonder if your praise, your very awe of Jesus turns people off? Well, it does. It turns the light off of ourselves and others, and shines the spotlight onto Christ, our Savior and Lord. Jesus took our very nature, to talk about ourselves, and used His voice to usher in His Heavenly Father at all times. God was always a glorified acknowledgment in Jesus’ words, actions, life and His death.
“He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and He is the glory of your people Israel!” Luke 2:32
To tell you the truth, I don’t know any other way to display Him than to praise Him. Coming to Christ wasn’t anything I had a hand in doing, He was just well displayed.
In my mother’s voice when she sang in the choir, my aunt’s big heart when she helped others, my grandmother’s hands when she held me close, and in my grandfather’s fervent sermons that reverberated off the church walls every Wednesday and Sunday. Who knows if there would be this song in my heart for Jesus if He hadn’t interrupted, yes interrupted, their lives to show His self. To me.
Peter had no plans of being anything other than a fisherman but he was interrupted, becoming a ‘fisher of people.’ Matthew, whose dishonest plans of being financially secure at any cost were interrupted, becoming rich in a much more valuable way.
Everyone of Jesus’ disciples lives were shaken up and turned around to God’s plan for them when Jesus stood on that mountain and hand-picked them.
…“And they came to him.” (Mark 3:13) Their moment to welcome Christ into their lives was presented to them and they quickly grabbed ahold. Sure God set up the background, the sun, the sky, the mountain, the breeze in the air, but Jesus called them and the rest of their lives became walking, talking, living, breathing testimonies. Having a holy boldness for Christ.
“The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.” Acts 4:13
To spread the Good News in a confident way is the purpose of the Holy Spirit. A strength in weakness. A passion in fear. A welcoming to be more than we think we are, more than we think we can do and say. (Philippians 4:13)
But with what kind of voice should I share my faith in Jesus Christ? Humble, bold, long-winded, soft-spoken. Paul answers that.
…“Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.” (Romans 12:3)
We are all equipped to speak up and out about Jesus, but with the strength God has given us, individually. A voice uniquely ours. The way we speak to strangers, neighbors, family and friends, (fellow bloggers) about the love of Jesus is as much a gift, as in the way we use it. Encouraging, helpful, and even straight forward may be exactly how God calls us to speak in glorifying Jesus.
Just ask and evaluate, in prayer, the voice God has given you.
Romans 12:8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
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