“1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
I put that there so you would understand who I am calling a fool. Even though I am not always sure that those who believe in Jesus and fail to live a life worthy of His sacrifice are not bigger fools than those who do not believe and live their lives however they want. When you know to do right and refuse to you are being foolish.
Mark 4:10-12, "10 When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’"
We find these verses placed between two of the most read parables in scripture. They highlight the fact that Jesus' message was brought to everyone but in the end not everyone will accept it and follow Him. Only those who understood it and applied it to their lives would hear the message of hope He was bringing. That applies to our world today. You know often today we as Christians mistakenly argue with individuals with scripture thinking it will sway their attitudes and minds. It may even happen occasionally but the truth really is that most people who are truly against Christ know the Bible better than the ones who profess Him as Lord. To many times we are arguing points without being willing to live those very arguments out. You see people who do not know God have no respect for His word or anyone who is trying to hit them over the head with it. Yet a life lived in humility suffering for the testimony of Christ brings people into a understanding of Him that argument can never achieve. If you know what the Word says and you live it out in your own life God will use it to bless others and bring them into relationship with Him. That is how you show Jesus to be real to a doubting world. When trial comes your way where do you turn? When people ask how you deal with trials do you trust God? When your friends want you to do something and you say no do they understand why you have taken that stand?
Recently my son was reading a discussion between some of his friends it centered on premarital sex. It started because one of the individuals who is a Christian put a bible verse up and someone else made some insulting remarks. You see God's word to those who do not believe in it, is offensive. The individual who was insulting the belief of the other believes they have the right to have sex before marriage if they want to and that Jesus never taught against it. He is actually correct, like I said they know scripture too. Jesus never directly addresses this issue but he does address adulteries and fornicators both of these are sins in God's sight. The better way to have argued this to me would have been. I chose not to have premarital sex because God instructs us not to be sexually immoral. Then you have to be willing to live a life in accordance with his word. If looking on someone of the opposite sex leads to lust than an individual who calls on Jesus should be modest in their dress and appearance. I know touchy subject. They should ensure they are never alone with individuals of the opposite sex, date in groups. You must live a life that glorifies the God you believe in when we look and act like the world no one knows what you believe in. The best argument you will present to those who do not believe in God is a life lived that glorifies only Him. There is no arguing with results when people see Jesus in everything you do they cannot doubt he is real and then maybe scripture can take hold and make the change in them that they have seen in you. Have a Blessed day.
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