Tuesday, November 27, 2012
3 Ways to Stand For Your Faith
So, how do regular folks like you and me take a stand for our faith each and every day? Simple. We follow three simple steps:
1. Soak it in. Each of us have been given 24 hours every day, 7 days a week. We have a choice of when to get out of bed, what we should eat, which clothes to wear, and how to spend our time. Somewhere within our day, we should strive to carve out a portion of time to soak in God's Word and spend time with Him.
Even Jesus - as busy as He was, found time to get up early and spend moments with the Father. The Bible says that "Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed." Mark 1:35
Jesus recognized His need to plug into the source of His strength, wisdom and power; in essence, to soak in all the Father wanted to reveal to Him. If God's perfect Son needed to soak it up, then so do we.
2. Live it out. If we are a Christ follower, we have a responsibility to live out our faith very publicly. Do your children see you pray, or catch you spending time with God reading His Word? How about in public. Do you pray before your meal at restaurants? Is your speech full of words that build others up and glorify God, or do they tumble out haphazardly?
The Apostle Peter wrote, "Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us." 1 Peter 2:12
3. Pour it on. Have you ever been around someone who's bathed themselves in perfume? Even after they leave the room, the fragrance still lingers.
We should be so bathed in Christ, that His presence and aroma envelops everyone we come in contact with.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 says, "But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?"
How is your smell today? Do you leave a fragrant offering of Jesus wherever you go?
Well, friends, I think it's about time we all have the courage to live out our faith just like the Hollywood actor. Who knows...it might make a difference in our own little circle of influence God has us in.