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April 4, 2019

Just More Pretty Words?

“Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11:26). 

Are those just pretty words, or did they mean something? When we read scripture, we have to think about whether the people who wrote it might actually have meant something by it. They did! They are talking about the reality of the kingdom of the heavens. It’s Jesus Christ himself, the Chief Cornerstone, and he is here. And if we’re not in touch with that, then we’re just going to be whistling in the dark like everyone else, scrambling around to make a good appearance of things, but not having a reality that gives us peace and strength. So we need to deal with that if we haven’t reached that place in our lives. We need help in making that our context. Now, once it’s made, then we’re going to be so different that people are going to look and say, “What’s going on there? How can you live like that?”

Remember, Jesus said that people do not light a lamp to put it under a bushel basket. Have you ever thought about trying to hide a city set on a hill? Jesus is saying that when you are tied into the kingdom of the heavens, there is going to be something so obviously different about you that people are going to think, “What have you done? What have you got? What makes you so different?” And that is the context of apologetics.

Reflect:

(Q) How can we read the Bible in a way that often minimizes its impact upon our lives?

(Q) Do you have a vision for your life as one whose life is meant to shine so brightly before others that the testimony of your life can’t be hidden?

Devotional by: Dallas Willard
Book: The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
 
With the Affection of Christ,
 
 
 
Jeff Whitebread 
Capitol Commission Pennsylvania
 

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