Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to push out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat.
Luke 5:3 (NIV)
It is true that some people may never read a bible or attend church; our life story and example of faith maybe the only book they read. Based on my upbringing I believed for a long time that everyone knew about the Savior and learned the bible stories that I grew up on; I assumed that like me, their home was a place where Yahweh (God) was involved in every decision and called upon to witness all of my punishments. “Father, you see how this girl is testing me?” (My grandmother’s warning that a spanking was inevitable).
I have since come to appreciate that not everyone is taught to read their bibles and pray and not all children go to church every week. So now, when I approach people to talk about the Father’s love, I speak to them with the awareness that my upbringing is not theirs, and that my beliefs are not automatically accepted without evidence. The consciousness that we may be the best example of the gospel that people may ever see or hear, reminds us to live our lives with integrity.
It is not a burden but rather a privilege to live our best life. This is the epitome of “following” or “imitating” Yahshua: Demonstrating His love and His character. It shows up every time we show mercy and compassion; when we don’t pass judgment but speak words of encouragement to our brothers and sisters and inspire them through the Word. What better way is there to spend our lives than to let Him be seen from our vessel.
Prayer/Journal: Father I commit myself to your service, and vow to be a good example for others, a platform from which you are raised and praised.
Today my actions will match His Word
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