..."Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before …I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Personal study and prayer answers all questions. However, sometimes we need the openness of another person to explain, or to understand, an answer we received in prayer that we are reluctant to listen to. When I was younger, I was committed to meditation. I somehow believed that by meditating I would learn the answers to the questions I found perplexing. It was not until I became an adult that I learned it was more productive to meditate on the Word of God, to gain an adequate understanding about the things I questioned. Then, I met a young man who would help me to understand more about God than any other individual I knew at the time. He questioned e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g about God, forcing me to actually pay more attention to what I was reading, and intently study what I actually believed. As a result, it increased my curiosity to gain a deeper and better understanding of my relationship with Jesus.
Often, as Christians, we think those who question us about God are problematic, and/ or confrontational, not understanding that they represent our own lack of knowledge of God’s complexity. Yet, simply put, as Believers our unique focus is to be able to teach others about Jesus. All of us are damaged by one thing or another, whether we admit it or not; and, all people need the Love of God, whether they know it or not.
So, the question for most of us is--How do we teach others about Jesus, without sounding like a crazed fanatic? The answer is, just by being ourselves. Not our regular selfish self, but our higher God-centered self. Our higher God-centered self will always find a way to accommodate others, helping them to grow, learn, and understand the nature of God’s Word.
To apply this principle is relatively simple. We must work through the common bond that binds us together as humanity. —Love. If we allow it, our love for God and our knowledge of Jesus will be emitted through our actions, our thinking, and our relationships with others. It is in applying these innate characteristics that we will prove, or disprove whether we are ready for a true ambassadorship to represent Jesus.
--The question today is, --are YOU ready? L.
Study Reference: Philippians 3:13-14
From; "Seeking..." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions For Everyday Living.
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