' I wish I had a handbook for life, a manual I was given when I was born, to help me through life's toils and troubles'. My friend look misty eyed as she thoughtfully placed her coffee cup back on it's saucer.
My friend, lets say her name is Janet, is not a believer. She is open to the possibilty there is more than what meets the eye, but finds it a little far fetched there is, in her own words, ' A bearded old man sitting on a cloud looking down on us. '
I looked at Janet. I have known her, barely a year, but anyone who may happen to see us together, enjoying a coffee may think otherwise. We get along like a house on fire, we can spend hours, putting the world to rights, discussing the latest news from work, and very much talking about my faith.
When she makes comments. like the above, it saddens my heart.
Im sure, I am not the only one who has heard someone say they wish life came with a handbook.
Comments like these, have a tendancy to play on my mind. They play on my mind for the followng reasons
As a Christian, I believe the Bible to be God's word, I believe it to contain all that we need to know. Maybe not all we WANT to know, but without doubt, all we need.
In the Bible you will find the secret to life, the reason we are here, answers to life's questions and worries.
A non believer, or a believer, can ask a question, and I believe, more often than not you can pull the answer out of Gods word. And if not the answer, a verse that will in some way help or alieviate the issue at hand.
We all know as Christians, it is our job, to help spread the Good News. The Good News of Christ, his Crucifiction for our sins and that in him, and only through him can we have a living reltionship with the living God.
Whilst thinking about this, Janet took out of her handbag, a small book.
Always intrigued, she asked me what I thought.
I looked at the book. It seemed harmless enough. The book promised the reader 'the secret' to the universe. That reading this book, you could obtain all you desired, and more.
I flicked through further. The book seemd to take certain Bible verses, promising that through faith we could have all we wanted. Coincidently leaving out the part that to pray, and be heard by God, we need to have a relationship with him.
The book told the reader to ask the universe, and they shall receieve, through faith, whatever the desire.
I felt a prompting from the Holy Spirit.
Later that evening, I thought about what Janet had showed me.
From the outside, this small book, gave the impression of giving its reader a 'quick fix'. That through this book any question could be answered, any problem, solved.
Now, I have Christian friends who would argue this harmless little book will help those who do not have God, even agree with it's teachings. I on the other hand, do not.
When I hear fellow Christians taking this book to bed with them, rather than their Bible it worries me.
All around we have people who are lost, believers who are still looking for answers, while their trusted King James is getting dusty on their shelf.
Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word of God. Sprang to mind as I wrote this article.
We are the lights that should shine in this dark world, any opportunity the enemy has to keep the lost, lost, he will take.
Any book promising to solve all your problems, fix your relationships, give you the finances you so desperately need is going to get the attention of people who are lost in this dark world.The sugar coated words are sweet to them, like a medicine for all their ailments.
Gods word is our medicine. The more you take, the better you feel. The more you take, the stronger you become.
Jesus asked of us, go to the corners of the world, preach the good news.
I'm not in the kind of position to go travel to the other side of the world, you may ask yourself.
What difference could you make if you took Gods word into your workplace?
If you meditated on it day and night, if you let Gods word change you more into the likeness of Christ. That people at work can see there is something in you, something they want.
With their questions and worries, you are at hand with Gods word which
'.... is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
We as Christians have been given a job to do, and I am more than happy to tell people of the good news of Christ, and quash any other which claims to have the answer to life. God is the answer.
Lets not become complacent, lets encourage each other and remind each other of Gods goodness in our lives. Lets spread the good news to the lost sheep.
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace.
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