A lot of people are talking about gay marriage, Planned Parenthood, gun control and other political matters and Christians are being labeled as intolerant bigots and hatemongers. Christians are in the news and on social media, speaking out, and signing petitions. With so much going on, it can seem like most have forgotten this one simple thing: no man or woman can come face to face with the living God and remain the same, (Exodus 33:20).
Is God calling us to argue with politicians or is God calling us to make disciples?
When leading someone to the crossroad of faith, our responsibility is to show them Jesus, it is their choice to receive Him and His Word.
Some might argue that as Christians, we are to speak out against evil. And we should. But there is a difference between sharing the truth of Jesus versus expecting unbelievers to conform to the image of a God they don't know. Our fight is against the spiritual powers of darkness (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) and that will not be won by lobbying, protesting (nagging!), or extensive Facebook posts. Changing the law won't save anyone because Jesus' death on the cross already did.
When people followed Jesus, they came to Him as they were [sinners] and they learned the truth of God while studying at His feet. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. But Jesus can be hard to get to when folks are adding steps on the way to the Front Door.
Pray about it: Are you blocking someone's path to Jesus? Are you sharing the hope found in His name?
“Because of God’s tender mercy, the morning light from heaven is about to break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, and to guide us to the path of peace,” Luke 1: 78-79 NLT
It is no secret that we live in a broken and fallen world. Everywhere you look there is murder, violence, hatred, disease, famine, abuse, suicide, depression, mental illness, wars, hurts, and the list goes on and on, each evil darker than the last. God’s solution to this was to send Jesus, “the morning light from heaven”, to show us a different way: the Way for us to get back to God’s standards that lead to peace, love, joy, light, and LIFE. But this re-direction only occurs when we put our trust in Jesus and believe that He is who He said He is: our redeemer.
Our lives before Christ are dark and lost. We stumble around in unconscious confusion, our minds are molded into how society wants us to think and act. Our motivations, goals, dreams, and behavior are geared toward filling the “I need more”-void within ourselves. We fight battles with our own strength, sometimes getting overtaken by unfair treatment, hopelessness and emptiness. Sometimes we recover. Sometimes we don’t. But think of what happens when a light is turned on in a dark room. Where we may have previously stumbled, the clarifying light gives us confidence and sure footing. Every object the light touches gets transformed from dark to light and its true purpose is revealed. Similarly, after a long, dark, and sometimes scary night, the first rays of sunlight bring a sense of relief and peace. Once we accept Christ, the same happens to us. Jesus illuminates every dark area in our lives, transforming us by showing His Truth compared to the lies that we believed while still in darkness. But we have to let Him. If we hide our dark parts, believing that God either can’t or won’t heal us….if we refuse to let go of the things that are bringing us death (insecurity, unkindness to others, negative thinking, reckless behavior, etc), we are choosing to stay in darkness and live in unrest.
Take a second look:
What are the dark places in your life? Where are you not allowing God to guide you? Where are you following your own way instead of the path Jesus outlined for us? Is it a relationship? A longed-for dream? A prideful attitude? A discouraged heart?
What is the path of Jesus? Read the following passage and pray.
Colossians chapter 3 “Living the New life”
Memorize the following verses:
Isaiah 26:3 “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”
Proverbs 16: 3 “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.”
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