When I read the word of God I get so full spiritually. Oftentimes I can’t stop reading and wish I could go on forever. Although there may be times when I read and may get confused. I can’t stop until I am able to clearly understand. It allows me to ask questions and delve deeper into the word to gain the right answer. (http://wallpaper4god.com)
What I notice is that God does not give us all the answers in one place. He may tell us something in one verse and we may read in another verse or note, either what it meant or the magnitude in which God designed it to apply not only to that situation but to us as believers in Christ.
But one thing I am assured of. When I read the Bible it is my opportunity to fully seek knowledge and wisdom as I desire to share and be a blessing in spreading the gospel to all who will listen. It is also a time when I ask, “God, what are you trying to say to me today?” I work to seek answers to questions as to how this message should apply in my life, not just on that day, but every day.
There are many people we may encounter who are not believers in Christ but choose to earnestly seek God. But the greatest thing is that in their efforts, they are reverent and work to do the right thing. Much like Cornelius’s story in Acts 10 even though he was not a believer in Christ, he earnestly sought God. He revered Him and was generous in his efforts. Of which he was greatly rewarded.
It leads me to think that just because one does not believe in God doesn’t mean we dismiss them. God will use us as the vessel to present the truth about salvation. The Bible notes that Cornelius’s story demonstrates “God willingness to use extraordinary means to reach those who desire to know him. Those who sincerely seek God will find him!” And much like Cornelius’s experience, God will make your knowledge complete in the people he send as a witness.
There were a variety of means God used to speak to other Bible characters. And He used remarkably different ways to speak to them “through the written Scriptures, through the words of others, through circumstances and events.” Yet the one thing that made the difference was in the choice they made. It was up to them to listen, to be perceptive, and to be alert. And they did exactly what they needed to do. They listened to God.
As believers, we too must make a choice when earnestly seeking God. Not just so that we hear him but that we may be perceptive to what it is he is trying to say to us. Then use this as an opportunity to be obedient in doing what He says.
God makes it clear that the Good News of Christ is for everyone! We are to not allow any barriers be it language, culture, race, economic level, educational level or even different beliefs prevent us from telling others about Christ.
We all are different. And we don’t know everything. We can use the wisdom others may bring. There is always room for growth. God’s plan includes everyone. We may need the witness of another believer to understand how God works. And they may need our knowledge of the gospel to know the way to salvation.
No matter who we are or what we’ve done. No matter what our background may consist of or where we come from. Remember, God can use you to be the vessel to bring the message of salvation. He will give you a revelation. To reach those who want to know him. So you may show them the way to him.
The gospel is for everyone. We mustn’t discriminate against anyone. Be an effective witness with all, not some. Strive to learn from others. Recognize with every encounter, your need to grow. As other mature Christians share what they know. Make a concerted effort to reveal God’s truth. Each one, reach one; teach one. And God will richly reward you.
“What is God trying to say to you today?”
Be blessed! –JD
1 Timothy 2:3-6 “This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.”