So I cannot believe that we are almost done with this Bible study. It has really zoomed by, but I've learned truckloads of ways that I can get closer with God and make my relationship with Him even stronger.
The question on today's post that I am going to try my best to answer is:
"How can my life experiences help provide people with glimpses of God?"
I do a few ministries with children in our church...Sunday school, Vacation Bible School, and a children's moment during Sunday morning service, and I've talked to them before about how they can witness to people. Much like myself, the children aren't big on preaching to people about living a life for Christ. I was raised in a household where telling people what they were doing right and what they were doing wrong as far as God goes what not the way to lead people to Him. Quite the opposite, many times I've seen that kind of approach backfire and force people to shy away from God, for fear they just are not and will never be good enough. The way I was taught and how I continue to teach the children how to lead people to God is by showing people how great God is in your life...by simply telling people, "Look what God has done in my life and look at the awesome blessings He continues to give to me!" Christianity...having that faithful and blessed relationship with God is beautiful. Letting people know how God has blessed you is nothing but awesome, and can help those people say and believe that not only do they want a relationship with God, but that they can have one too! I mean who wouldn't want a life of security, love, and peace? If we show others how God makes that happen in our lives, it's only a matter of time before they start really believing that it can happen in theirs too.
Check out his Bible verse from Philippians 2: 14-16. I'll offer some different translations and a little verse mapping as well.
"Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you may be innocent and pure as God's perfect children, who live in a world of corrupt and sinful people. You must shine among them like stars lighting up the sky, as you offer them the message of life. If you do so, I shall have reason to be proud of you on the Day of Christ, because it will show that all my effort and work have not been wasted." Good News Translation
"Do everything readily and cheerfully--no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I'll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You'll be living proof that I didn't go to all this work for nothing." The Message
"Do everything without complaining or arguing so that you will be blameless and pure, children of God without any fault. But you are living with evil people all around you, who have lost their sense of what is right. Among those people you shine like lights in a dark world, and you offer them the teaching that gives life. So I can be proud of you when Christ comes again. You will show that my work was not wasted--that I ran in the race and won." Easy-to-Read Version
And now a little verse mapping...
As Christians, God wants us to live our lives doing everything without complaining or arguing so that when people look at us they can tell who we are living for...God.
Living in a world that is corrupted, squalid, polluted, sinful, and has lost its sense of what is right, God wants us to be a breath of fresh air and shine like stars lighting up the sky.
God wants us to live our lives so that just by looking at us, people get a glimpse of good living and the living of God.
By doing that, we aren't living our lives in vain, but we are living them to carry the light-giving Message into the night...to offer others the teaching that gives life.
Then on the day when Christ returns, He will see that He didn't come back for nothing. He came back for the world!
Just as I am doing right now, give these verses much thought before you start your day, and let the Words encourage you to do God's work in the lives of others. Let these Words, and any other verses in the Bible that are helpful and encouraging to you...let them all be our guide to our day to day. Reading these verses inspires me to be God's light in a dark world. I want to shine like a star in the sky so that all a person has to do to know that I have God in my life and in my heart is just watch me for awhile. This is my Godly goal. I will have days of success and I will have days of failure, but I will always have God either way. And God is great!