The last few weeks, Holy Spirit has repeatedly placed this thought in my mind: Remember: You may be the only Bible they read. This statement is SO true! I can profess that I am a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ—the One, True King and Son of God—with my mouth, but living my faith by demonstrating it through my behavior is what really speaks the loudest.
Be compassionate. I’ve heard it said that people don’t care much until they see how much you care. Showing compassion to others is one way to show people the principles of the Bible in a tangible and meaningful way. Do you care? Are you willing to help me?
Treat others the way that you want to be treated. I’ll go one step further; treat people like you would want them to treat your Mom. See what I did there? It doesn’t cost us anything to be gracious and kind except a little effort. Being considerate and practicing a tiny bit of common courtesy goes a long way in demonstrating the good news of the Gospel.
Say what you mean, mean what you say. Jesus makes it plain: let your yes be yes and your no be no. Be careful not to make promises (or vows) that you can’t keep. Nothing promotes The Word like keeping your word.
Guard your integrity closely. Begin by seeing the paragraph above and then add not playing loose with the words that leave your lips. This is especially true when handling the words of the Bible. Being inaccurate diminishes your integrity. But guarding your integrity is more than simply watching your words. You’ve got to be careful about avoiding compromising situations that damage your testimony.
12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 (English Standard Version)
Don’t cause your brother (or your sister) to stumble. Be congruent with your words and in your deeds. Do your best to live a godly lifestyle that is above and beyond reproach. Set an example others want to follow and be someone who others see as trustworthy.
I have found that my being the Bible is closely related to how much time I spend in the Bible. Staying close to the Lord through constant prayer is also critical to showing people the Gospel. The further away I am from God, the fuzzier my walk with the Lord becomes. Before I know it, I am not any translation of the Bible that I would want you to read.
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.2 Timothy 2:15 (New Living Translation)
Read the Word and then go Be the Word.
May you have a blessed time observing Holy Week!
May the Lord shower you with His favor.
Love in Christ,
The Devotional Guy™
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