Our witness does not have to bring about the conversion of others to be effective, because conversion is in God’s hands anyway. However, it still has to be right, and being right in this requires personal sacrifices.
Being right—in addition to keeping God’s commands—means being humble, modest, kindhearted, concerned, sympathetic and more. One must do all of these things, while knowing full well that there is a line of separation across which we cannot allow ourselves to wander in our relationships with those as yet uncalled.
This is quite a plateful, but these are qualities that make God’s way engaging and an attractive witness. God’s involvement in our lives should give us freedom, as well as security against our fears of living and being this way. When combined with the keeping of God’s commandments, it will produce quite a witness and go a long way toward keeping us clean—because we will be using God’s Word as He intends.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
“So, you think you’re pretty special?” the father asked the child. “Well, you know what? You are!”
God thinks of us the same way. In His eyes we are special and unique in so many ways. He made us in His own image. That’s pretty special don’t you think? We are all God’s children and because of that He loves us without end. No strings attached. He loves us so much that He also disciplines us when the need arises.
Fathers love their children without measure. No matter how big the mistake, the father loves the child anyway. God loves us the same way. He also knows when we sin and He knew that there was no way for us to receive forgiveness for our sins except through the blood of His own son Jesus.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” That’s a very special love don’t you think? God sacrificed His own son so that we could be free from our sins. Wow!
Remember. The next time you start feeling as if you are unloved or that no one cares, Jesus is right there whispering in your ear, “I love you so much that I died for you. Take my hand and let’s walk together forever.”
But many who are the greatest now will be least important then, and those who seem least important now will be the greatest then. Matthew 19:30
Jesus turned the world’s values upside down. Consider the most powerful or well-known people in our world. How many got where they are by being humble, self-effacing, and gentle? Not many! But in the life to come, the last will be first—if they got in last place by choosing to follow Jesus.
Don’t forfeit eternal rewards for temporary benefits. Be willing to make sacrifices now for greater rewards later. Be willing to accept human disapproval, while knowing that you have God’s approval.
Are you tossed around like a wave by your attempts to honor God and simultaneously trying to live in the world to keep your friends happy? Going back and forth between the two can cause you great discomfort and mental pain. And, it will damage your reputation as a follower of Christ.
As Christians, we are tempted to compromise in order to avoid misunderstanding, criticism, rejection, or persecution. But as Christ’s followers, we are called to live a crucified life. When we compromise it undercuts the wholehearted nature of the crucifixion. We cannot pursue the acceptance of the world and at the same time follow the Lord. Until we stand with both feet on the side of obedience, we forfeit assurance of God’s peace and blessings.
Discipleship may seem costly to you, but think about Jesus’ blood spilling on the ground at the base of the cross as He sacrificed His life for you. Our reward is great because Jesus promises to confess us as His own before God when we enter our heavenly home.
Don’t shrink in hiding. Stand tall. Stand tough. Stand for Jesus Christ.
To the men and women who gave their lives in the defense of this great country, I salute you and have the utmost respect for you. As a veteran I know the sacrifices one makes when serving in the armed forces. May God bless each and everyone of you and I pray there is a place in heaven for you.