Thursday, February 25, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Stepping Out In Faith
Acts 10:24-33
  
Christine Thomas

St. John’s MTC, NY

28 and he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.
Have we ever for a moment thought about how lucky we are to be Christians? How blessed we are to know that Jesus died for our sins? Who else can openly say, my God died for me, my God paid for my sins? As Christians we are beyond blessed to know that our Father in Heaven loves us so much, that He sent His perfect Son to pay the ultimate price for us.
From a young age we have been taught the love of God, and His teachings have been instilled in us. We have fellowship with our brothers and sisters during Sunday services, youth fellowship meetings, prayer meetings, etc. But how many of us are willing to step out and spread that message to our brothers and sisters of different faiths? How many of us would step out of our comfort zones and spread the Word of God to people who have never heard of Him?
This passage teaches us that regardless of one’s faith, or standing in society, we have a responsibility to share the Word of God with others. We’ve all heard this saying before, “You may be the only Bible some people read…You may be the only Jesus some people see.” Jesus did not intent His words to only stay amongst us Christians born into the faith, but to have it spread to people all over the world.  
Now that doesn’t mean the journey is going to be easy. In Mathew 10, we see Jesus instructing the 12 by saying, “Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel…..On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you” (Mathew 10: 6,18-20). How amazing is it to know that when we are speaking His Word, He is speaking through us!
We are called to share the Word of God with those who are lost, in need, or simply haven’t heard about the love of Christ. It is our duty as sons and daughters of Christ to spread His message. Jesus tells us that by being His followers, our journey will not be easy. We will be ridiculed and persecuted. But in all this our God is with us. Regardless of how much we may suffer, we know that Heaven will rejoice knowing that we are bringing others to Christ and lost souls are being saved.

PRAYER

Almighty God, thank You for blessing us with Your love, grace, and mercy. Thank you for paying the ultimate price for our sins. We pray that You enable us to boldly step out in faith, and proclaim Your Word to a hurting world. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” Madeleine L'Engle