Bible Devotions

Dark Side of Believing

on April 7, 2008

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Read John 12:9-11

 

Many Jews started believing in Jesus when they witnessed Lazarus being raised from the dead. Each one of us is like Lazarus. We were raised from the dead as soon as we believed in Jesus Christ.

 

Following Christ has its cost. Look at verse 10. The chief priests wanted to kill Lazarus as well as Jesus simply because so many Jews started believing in Jesus because of him.

 

Our story of salvation will have an impact on others. Some may turn to the Lord and believe. Others may treat us rudely, shun us or try to slander our faith. While we have no control over how others will react, we do have a responsibility to share our story when someone asks about it.

 

Do you have your 30 second story yet? Try to communicate these things:

· What were you like before?

· How are you different now?

· And what caused the change?

 

Here’s an example:

I used to be a perfectionist judging others by my insanely high standards. On the verge of divorce, I found myself humbled by the consequences of my behavior. I cried out to Jesus and asked him to come into my life. Now I no longer judge others and have found contentment and peace through faith in Jesus.

 

Do not be afraid to share your story with others. For the Bible teaches we are blessed when we do.

 

Matthew 5:10-12 NKJV: “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

 

We are called to be salt and light to the world around us. Therefore, as Matthew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”, let’s shine!

 

Lord Jesus, thank you for making all things work together for good. Thank you for the good work you do in us will be noticed by others. Give us courage to share our story when we are asked, regardless of how others may respond. In your name we pray amen.

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word. For more devotions, bible studies and a recommended book store, visit http://www.ThinkOnItDevotions.com today.

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