"But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the LORD. “You are my servant. You have been chosen to know me, believe in me, and understand that I alone am God. There is no other God— there never has been, and there never will be" - Isaiah 43:10 (NIV).
It has become quite common these days to run into street preachers. Of course, by publicly sharing the Gospel, and leading lost souls to Christ, we praise God for this endeavor. However, in acknowledging this method we shouldn't lose sight of other equally powerful witness methods.
There was once a certain senior official who was made to lag in a banking queue. When he finally go to the counter the junior officer brought to his attention that his matter had certain gaps that needed attention. The senior official politely went back, sorted through the gaps, and stood back again in the queue.
Somehow as he was about to be served someone who knew his status came by and was shocked at the way he had humbled himself. Puzzled, he got to know what had motivated the official was because as a follower of Christ he felt it was important to set a good example for all.
Wait a minute now, is this common! And wouldn't you think the junior officer upon learning that this senior official was neither rude nor overbearing to him that in itself would be a good witness that might lead a non-believer to Christ!
Oh, of course, the scripture says, "how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him?" (Romans 10:14). But also, scriptures remind us, "By their deeds you will know them" (Mathew 7:16).
So, just you should remember, yes, we can witness by calling out for the lost but just at the same time the way we live, our personal conduct, can draw as many to Christ!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, make me your witness not just in words, but also by deeds, this I pray in Jesus' Name.
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“The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them” – (Deuteronomy 28:2).
Every now and then one chances upon someone despising the importance of being enterprising. To some being enterprising can be equated to the love of money and it’s pitfalls (1 Tim 6:10). Others see it as being overtly worldly. Yet, far from it, being enterprising is clearly an avenue God has given believers to raise resources for their well-being and promotion of the rich Gospel.
The Bible is full of enterprising characters who were used mightily of God. Abraham was apparently a good rancher that he “become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold” (Gen 13:2). Job was hated by Satan who sought to destroy him because “He owned 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 teams of oxen, and 500 female donkeys. He also had many servants. He was, in fact, the richest person in that entire area” (Job 1:3).
The Lord Jesus Christ was born and raised in the house of Joseph, the carpenter (Mathew 13:55). Carpenters do not create works of beauty to donate for free. To prosper they must run sustainable enterprises which pay taxes and make profit. The Apostle Paul would often rely on enterprising people to support him in his ministry. One of his worthy converts “was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God (Acts 16:14).
Though Paul was a law don once he went to the mission field, other than cling to his titles by burdening his hosts he often dabbled in tent making to support himself. In Corinth he teamed up with an amazing couple, Priscilla and Aquila, and “because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them” (Acts 18:3). This couple run a successful tent making business that enabled them support mission work.
And then of course, there is the noble woman of character, as told in Proverbs 31, who “selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings.. She sees that her trading is profitable…She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes (vv 13-25).
When the body of believers is filled with such enterprising people it generates resources important to sustain God’s work. Further, the work of God is then supported without being dependent on sources that might compromise the mission, as sometimes we see! Be enterprising!
Prayer for today: Lord father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, you who has given us the gift of enterprise, today I pray to use this gift to take care of my needs and support the expansion of your kingdom on earth, this I pray in Jesus’ Name.