What To Do With God’s Gift

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23

God’s gift of eternal life is the greatest gift in all the world. There is nothing else that compares to it. The blessing and joy that comes from knowing the Lord as your personal Saviour is unmatched by anything else.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

Jesus Christ came down to earth in the form of a human. He lived a sinless, perfect life. He was taken and beaten. He was crucified. He shed all His blood. He was buried. He rose again on that third day. He ascended back into Heaven and is sitting on the right hand of the Father. All that is God’s gift to you and I. Everything Jesus went through was so that you and I can have eternal life in Heaven with Him.

God’s gift of eternal life, God’s gift of salvation is for anyone. It isn’t just for people of a certain culture, race, or background. God’s gift doesn’t rely on your social standing or how much money you have in your bank account. His gift doesn’t have a limited number of entries. God’s gift is for everyone!

So what do we need to with God’s gift? There are really only two things we can and should do with…

  1. GET IT – If you haven’t gotten God’s gift yet, you need to get it. There is no greater thing than knowing for sure that you are going to Heaven. Getting God’s gift is simple. It doesn’t require church attendance or baptism. Good deeds won’t grant you access to God’s gift. You can get God’s gift by just taking it and accepting Christ as your Saviour. “For whosever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Romans 10:13
  2. GIVE IT – If you have accepted Christ as your Saviour, than the only thing that is let for you to do with God’s gift is to give it! We are commanded to go into all the world and preach the Gospel! Don’t be stingy with what God has blessed you with, give it out! Tell others about Jesus Christ! Tell others about God’s gift!

If you haven’t accepted Christ as Saviour, then today is your chance!

If you have accepted Christ as Saviour, then today is your chance to tell others about Christ!

Don’t Be Young and Dumb

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” I Timothy 4:12

“Young and dumb.” This little phrase is used to excuses mistakes we make in our youth. The phrase was actually in the news last week when a football player getting ready for the draft used it to excuse his racially insensitive tweets that he posted as 14-15 year old kid. He was using his youth as an excuse to make a mistake.

The Bible tells us different. It says “Let no man despise thy youth…” Nobody should be able to look at you and say “Oh, they are just young.” Your youth should not be a reason for you or for anybody else to excuse your mistakes.

God than tells us in that verse, “but be thou an example of the believers…” Whether you or young or old, this can be applied to each one of us! We need to be an example OF the believers to everyone that we come in contact with throughout our daily lives.

Paul then goes on and gives us a list of things to be an example in.

  1. IN WORD – the way you speak should be different than the way the world speaks. Your speech should be honouring and glorifying to God. Your speech should edify those around you. Your speech shouldn’t be filled with foul language and dirty jokes. Ask yourself, can someone see Christ through the way I talk and what I say? If not than it is time to wash our mouth out and start learning to talk right!
  2. IN CONVERSATION – The word conversation here means lifestyle. Our lifestyle consists of where we go, what we do, what we wear, etc. People should be able to look at our lifestyle and tell that we are a Christian. We should set an example to others for Christ in everything we do.
  3. IN CHARITY – We all know that word charity means love in action. This world is definitely lacking in the love in action area. Everyone is out for themselves, only doing things for their own personal gain. Let us love like Christ and love and help those around us.
  4. IN SPIRIT – Your attitude says a lot about you. Your spirit shows on your countenance and reflects what is in the heart. We need to have a joyful spirit. We need to have a praising spirit. We need to have a thankful spirit.
  5. IN FAITH – A Christian should never lack faith in God. We should always have faith in God that He will take care of us in the bad times. We should have faith that He will supply our need. We should have faith that He will never leave or forsake us. Your faith in God should be able to build up someone else’s faith in God.
  6. IN PURITY – We live in such a sinful and wicked world that we lack moral and physical purity in our youth today. We need more young Christians who stand up for what is right and say no to wrong! We as Christians, no matter the age, need to be morally pure in everything we do!

If you life your life centered around God’s Word, you will have a greater chance of being an example of the believers to those around you. Don’t sin or mess up your life and blame it on “I was young and dumb!” That excuse doesn’t fly with God. Sin is still sin, no matter how old or young you are.

“Let no man despise thy youth…”

Pray For Boldness

In the last post, we talked about not speaking up and out about what God has done in our lives. The world wants us to be quiet, but if God has done something great, let’s tell someone about it.

Peter and John left that meeting with the high priest and went back to their own company, the Bible says. I looked up that word “company” and two of its meanings are as follows: the fact or condition of being with another or others, especially in a way that provides friendship and enjoyment; a number of individuals gathered together, especially for a particular purpose. Your company tells a lot about you as an individual! The crowd you spend time with is who you are.

Peter and John went back to their own company, a group of believers whose main goal was to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ! After they heard what had happened, they had an on-the-spot prayer meeting!

“And being let go, they went to their own company, and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said unto them. And when they heard that, they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is: Who by the mouth of thy servant David hast said, Why did the heathen rage, and the people imagine vain things? The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord, and against his Christ. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus.” Acts 4:23-30

We as Christians should be more like this group in Acts. We need to learn to pray! They lifted up their voice to the Lord in one accord! As they prayed they asked for one thing and that was boldness to speak the Word!

When was the last time you asked for boldness to speak the Word? Have you ever asked for boldness? We need bold Christians! We need Christians who aren’t scared or deterred by the threats of the world! As this world gets worse and worse, we need to speak up and speak out about the Gospel of Jesus Christ! Ask for boldness every day! Ask for strength to be a witness!

Once they prayed, God answered!

“And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” Acts 4:31

They asked for boldness to speak the Word of God, God gave them the boldness they needed to go out!

If you have seen and heard great things that God has done for you, don’t be afraid to tell someone! If you are afraid or shy or timid, ask God for boldness to speak His Word! If there is one prayer that God will answer besides the prayer of salvation, it is the prayer of boldness to speak His Word!

Pray for boldness everyday to share the Gospel of Christ!