Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Reflecting His Light (reboot)

I think a Christian's only job in this world is to spread the Gospel, to lead people to Christ.

1 Corinthians 10:31 says, "Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Am I doing everything to the glory of God? Far from it! Are you? Are we keeping our eyes always on Christ? Is He the center of our thoughts at every moment? Do we walk day by day, hour by hour, as if He is walking beside us? He is, you know. You know, the Bible says Enoch "walked with God," and also that Noah "walked with God." This is an experience we need.

1 Corinthians 3:3 says, "Clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart."

We are Christ's letter to the world, are people reading about Him through us? Certainly I am an utter failure as a revelation of Jesus' character of love. Surely I have wrought mightily in my own strength and fallen well short of the mark.

So much knowledge and yet it is no help. There is no grace in knowledge. It does me no good. There is only my will. All that is left is for me to choose to obey Christ and let Him work through me. I've tried so many other things, learned so many ways. They've all failed. Truly the only way is to submit to Him and say, "He must increase, and I must decrease." John 3:30

"Many are inquiring, "How I am I to make the surrender of myself to God?" You desire to give yourself to Him, but you are weak in moral power, in slavery to doubt, and controlled by the habits of your life of sin. Your promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. You cannot control your thoughts, your impulses, your affections. The knowledge of your broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens your confidence in your own sincerity, and causes you to feel that God cannot accept you; but you need not despair.

What you need to understand is the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man, the power of decision, or of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. The power of choice God has given to men; it is theirs to exercise. You cannot change your heart, you cannot of yourself give to God its affections; but you can choose to serve Him. You can give Him your will; He will then work in you to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus your whole nature will be brought under the control of the Spirit of Christ; your affections will be centered upon Him, your thoughts will be in harmony with Him." - EGW

I believe the way to truly win souls is simply to reflect Christ's character. If we lift Him up, all souls will be drawn to Him. Luke 15:7 says, "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." How precious is every single soul to all of heaven! Shouldn't it be our overpowering focus to bring people to Christ.

Is it good to witness for Jesus? Is it a good thing to dedicate our life to telling people there is a Saviour? Surely it is the ultimate good.

James 4:17 says, "Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin."

Am I sinning by not constantly reflecting the character of Christ? I believe I am. For, if we are not reflecting the love of Jesus, we surely are not abiding in Him. If we are not abiding in Him, we surely aren't believing in Him. At least, not the type of "belief" the Bible speaks of when it says that "whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life," and again, "believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved." John 3:16 ; Acts 16:31

Sometimes being a Christian seems impossible to me. I truly have only the faith of a mustard seed. But I know that "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

And I know that even though being a Christian is impossible for a mere man, Jesus said, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26

Though I lose confidence in myself, and certainly I should, yet there is hope for me, "being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ." Philippians 1:6

It is in reflecting upon myself that the darkness begins to overwhelm the light. It is in reflecting upon Christ that the light shines brighter and brighter.

Proverbs 4:18, "But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day."

May God bless you and keep you!


  1. I agree that a Christian's job is to spread the true gospel and lead people to Christ. The preaching of the gospel to the public has a twofold purpose, to serve as a witness and a warning (Matthew 24:14), and to help lead people to the truth.

    I think there is a direct connection between willingness to learn new truth from the Bible, even if it means admitting we have been wrong and changing our traditions, and success in preaching the gospel to the public. To be successful in preaching the gospel, we need God's help. But God requires that those who preach to others must practice what they preach.

    When a Christian preaches the gospel to the public, he is really teaching new knowledge, and he should teach from the Bible and point people to the Bible. This means that for the listeners or readers to accept the message, they have to be willing to learn new things from the Bible, to believe what the Bible says, and to admit they have been wrong and to change their traditions when they see in the Bible they have been wrong.

    But God requires the same thing of the one who preaches. I wrote a whole chapter in my book about this one principle. If I were to go to the public and say, "here is new knowledge from the Bible, believe what the Bible says", but I am not willing to let the Bible show me where I am wrong, then I am not practicing what I preach, and I don't think God will bless my efforts.

    This is why I always try to have an open mind to see from the Bible where I may have been wrong in my beliefs.

    You also seem to have an open mind and are willing to believe the Bible first, and I rejoice in that.

  2. Yes I agree. Kind of like walking the walk, if we're going to talk the talk.

    Seems like the epitome of hypocrisy to expect others to have an open mind and a willingness to follow whatever they may find in the Bible, yet to refuse to have that same open mind and willingness ourselves.

    I think it would probably be wise for an "open mind" to be included in all our prayers. Sometimes I find myself slipping into a mindset of disregarding many beliefs outright. Praise God He keeps prying my mind back open again. What a wonderful creator.

    God bless you and keep you

  3. Right on the mark brother. Your humbleness is truly s Christ-like reflection. It is when we look at ourselves and say " I NEED you Lord" that he comes. Additionally it is "wise" to when souls (prov. 11:30) Sometimes we forget that we have that great scorekeeper up there, and even the smallest of acts and works for Christ benifits ALL including ourselves upon arrival into the kingdom.

  4. thanks man...ive been reading thru some old posts and i'm reposting some i feel are helpful