Living The Faith
Jeremiah 11:18-20; Psalms 7:2-12; John 7:40-52
The bible is full of martyrdom, not just with Jesus. These are people who wrote the bible, and the people mentioned in the bible. Their stories of faith reveal their strong faith and their willingness to suffer martyrdom than renounce what is true. Perhaps it is because these people had the privilege to encounter God and Jesus in a personal way and face-to-face. Yet, why do people in biblical times still refuse to believe, even after seeing so many miracles and seeing the Lord face-to-face?
Moses delivered the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt, and yet within those 40 days and 40 nights when Moses was up in Mt. Sinai, the Israelites led by Aaron, managed to create a golden calf in replacement of God, for fear that Moses won’t return. they had this tendency to be impatient and take things under own hands. They lack faith in God, and equated God’s time to human time, and God’s ways to human ways, not knowing that they lack enough knowledge to know what God wanted. They relied on their own wisdom, and that is what happened. The parting of the Red Sea is something spectacular and miraculous enough for them to experience personally, to know that God exists, and that they just needed to be obedient to his prophet, yet they failed.
In today’s times, we are no different from the Israelites back in those days. We, too, get impatient and tend to control everything we can take control of, even in situations that we have no control of, and that’s why we make mistakes. We have the natural tendency to be in control for we feel safest when we are in control. We are able to make calculated adjustments to avoid situations or manipulate situations when when we are able to control things. Since we are so full of ourselves, we hold on to our misery and hardiness of heart that we prevent the grace of God from being revealed to us, or we become blind to it whenever it comes.
Our world is not just about us. If you read the bible, you will find out that the bible is all about the love of God and spreading the goodness of God to the world. All the executions, martyrdom, miracles, denials, and stories in the bible are all caused by the spreading of the Good News. If Jesus didn’t speak about God to the crowds, He wouldn’t even be harmed. Same with His disciples, and the prophets and the appointed kings of the Old Testament. Everything is in line with our mission to spread the Good News to others.
There are many ways to spread The Good News to others without being preachy. The first step is to practice what you want to share. Be loving God and being loving to your enemies, your neighbors, and yourself. If you love God, loving others comes easily, for God lives in each and every one of us.
By example, we will be able to show others how God wants us to live our lives, and they will be inspired and spirit-led.
Many seek approval and recognition of others in life, to make them feel good of themselves. This is false happiness and it will not last compared to seeking approval from the Lord. Humility plays a vital role in this. It is best if we keep our negative comments to ourselves, and just share whatever wisdom that is coming from God to others, the results would be positive. It is not our comments and our words nor our wisdom shared to others that reveals the graces of God to others, but it is in the sharing of His wisdom and His words. For what good is it if you gain the acceptance of man but not God? If you don’t know what to share, then I suggest you read the bible and learn more about God and your relationship with Him. Encouraging others to read the bible is also a good start. Perhaps you can even do it together.