Does your behavior draw people to God? Has anyone said there’s something different about you; you’re not like the rest but can’t quite pinpoint why you stand out? Or do you blend in when with those whose actions contradict God’s? The world, in general, is searching for answers, and many of them do not realize God is the solution. Putting the Word into action will draw more people to Him than listening to yet another “you’re going to hell” sermonette.
And he [Jesus] saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19).
Show the world, God!
Showing people that we believe and have faith in God through our actions will have a more profound impact than mere words. For example, when I was about eight years old, a neighbor franticly knocked on my grandmother’s door and said, “Your husband just had a car accident.”
My grandmother’s first reaction was she dropped to her knees and started praying. It turned out that it was only a fender bender, but what was memorable to me, she prayed even before checking out the circumstances; that was her natural response to any troubling situation—she called on God first. Once again, I heard the Scriptures clearly through her behavior:
- Psalm 121:1: I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
- Mark 11:24: Whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
- Psalm 91:2: He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
I remember my mother saying that she couldn’t recall a prayer that wasn’t granted to her mother. Perhaps that was an exaggeration, but my grandmother did take the Word literally and obeyed the best she could. Observing her faithfulness over the years drew me closer to God.
Today, people need to see the Word acted upon unequivocally; whether it’s loving our enemies, helping those in need, or forgiving the unforgivable, the world needs to witness the love of God piercing through all this hatred.
Does your behavior draw people to God? If not, why not?
What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead (James 2:14-26, NKJV).
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