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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Give Me Seeing Eyes"

Date published: 05/16/2016
 
Matthew 5:15-16 “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.  Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” (NIV)       

   God calls us to be light in this dark world. Your faith and life are to be prominently displayed for all to see, so that others can be drawn to Christ. God did not redeem your life for your salvation to be hidden; He redeemed you to display His wonderful work in you in order that those around might see God’s mighty work in you. In 1 Timothy 1:16 Paul describes the passion for the lost that every follower of Christ should have, “But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His unlimited patience as an example for those who would believe on Him and receive eternal life.” (NIV) 

 

   Be intentional in how God can use you as light to others. Do you have a clear understanding and knowledge of the Gospel message and the Scriptures supporting each point to be used in leading someone into a saving transformation in Christ? (These Scriptures are included at the end of this devotion!) Is the fire of God’s love for others burning intensely in your heart? You will never be available for God to use in the lives of others for salvation unless you truly love God and people. Luke 10:27 describes the heart for effective evangelism, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, love your neighbor as yourself.” (NIV) Your love for God and others will compel you to passionately share Christ with others.  A good check on your relationship with Christ is to reverse this passage. If you are not sharing Christ with others, you probably have a shallow love for God. In human terms you could equate this to having a child. “I love my children, but I do not care enough to feed, clothe, or protect them.” If you truly care for others you will not only share how they can know Christ as their Lord and Savior, but you will also love them enough to show them how to walk with Jesus and experience abundant life through Him. 

   Proverbs 27:19 points to the problem, “As water reflects a face, so a man's heart reflects the man.” (NIV) Let us pursue God not only for knowledge, but also for a burning relationship that not only sets our hearts on fire for Him, but also for the lost who are destined for hell unless they see the “light.” Let us see others as Jesus did in Mark 10:21, “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” (NIV) Have Jesus’ heart of compassion that is displayed in Matthew 9:36, “When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” (NIV)  Finally let’s accept Jesus’ call in Matthew 9:37 to meet the need, “Then He said to His disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.’” (NIV)  

2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (NIV) 

Plan of Salvation 

God loves us and has a wonderful plan for our lives John. 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him, should not perish, but have eternal life.” 

Sin separates us from God.  Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.” 

Man tries to bridge this gap between God and himself by works, religion, philosophy, and morality. Proverbs 14:12 “A road may seem straightforward to a man yet may end as the way to death.” 

We must receive Jesus.  John. 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.”   Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God—not because of works, lest any man should boast.” Romans 10:9-10 “that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;  for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.”  Revelations 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice, and opens the door, then I will come into him and eat with him and he with Me.” 

How do you receive Jesus into your life? 

Admit your need for Jesus as Lord and Savior (because of your sin nature)

Turn from your sin (repentance)

Believe that Jesus died on the cross to pay the price for your sins. 

Invite Jesus into your heart to take control of your life through the Holy Spirit.

THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT DECISION YOU WILL EVER MAKE! 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Your Life in Christ” and “Transformation – Part 1.” 

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