Be a Source for Truth
Building a good reputation is an art.
Living in a parched land that thirsts for hope, a noble character can stem the tide of scandal and misdeeds. When a person of integrity shines forth like the sun, people are drawn to observe and admire.
In the complexities and struggles of life where many questions have unsatisfying answers, people are drawn to a compelling life that conveys answers amidst difficulty. Pure love, sincere joy, and certain hope is at its brightest when life seems at its gloomiest.
A life in the Spirit disconnects itself to a fallen world. Faith recognizes faulty wiring and remains plugged into a Source outside of its own. The product of faith is salt and light. The produce of faith is fruit.
And people take notice.
“Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.”Zechariah 8:23b
Exiled Jews were returning to a land from which they were displaced. Despite immense challenges, the successful re-entry was gaining momentum and attention. God’s hand was with them and people wanted to sign up. They “took hold of their robes” because they knew that the Jews had God on their side.
A worshipful soul in times of great adversity gives notice. It builds credibility. It conveys a trust that a plan and purpose is taking fold and yet, nothing in this life is worth the anxiety and worry when a soul’s true citizenship rests in heaven.
Locked in a prison cell, bruised by beatings, hunger and thirst penetrating their weakened bodies, two men couldn’t help but sing their praises to God. And the jailer took notice. When the rumbling earthquake forced the doors open, the jailer asked the two men, “What must I do to be saved?”
The world is experiencing a societal earthquake. Eyes widened with fear, hearts struggling for hope, souls are beckoning for Truth and are looking your way.
“I want to go with you. I have seen that God is with you.”
An inquiring soul has taken hold of your robe. They have heard your words and observed your actions. Your life has been set apart from others.
Are you prepared to give an answer?
People today are not necessarily rejecting the Truth. They are rejecting the church. The Adversary has run a successful PR campaign to discredit the Christian church and its working. No longer are people accepting invitations to come on Sunday mornings to hear the Truth, so it is becoming imperative for believers to bring the Truth to the people.
Believers are set apart in Christ to be credible sources for Truth. People are willing to listen to a source that they trust. They know you have something that they don’t possess.
“What must I do to be saved?”
Believe. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.
That was the answer from Paul and Silas and it is the same answer we can use today. Proclaiming what we believe to be true. Simple yet profound.
In that moment, you are a source of Truth. Not contrived. Not forced. But after years of planting, toiling, fertilizing, and watering — those words of confirmation are bestowed to listening ears and opening hearts.
Evangelism is far more about God than it is about us. It’s far more about trusting his promises and remaining connected to him. It’s trusting his ability through us and in his Word rather than our ability to proclaim the Word. It means believing that the power of God’s Word works.
Proclaiming the gospel is not a self-generated activity. It comes from a different power source apart from ourselves. When connected, our voices switch on like a light when opportunities to share God’s Word come before us.
Willing hearts filled with trust in God’s promises have ready tongues to proclaim what God has already done for us.
It’s a Spirit-driven response of the Word that lives and remains in us.
Be a source of Truth.
Not because of who you are, but because of who Christ is.
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