Monday, October 29, 2012

Pointing to The Truth

The Spirit says clearly that in later times some believers will desert the Christian faith. They will follow spirits that deceive, and they will believe the teachings of demons. These people will speak lies disguised as truth. Their consciences have been scarred as if branded by a red-hot iron. They will try to stop others from getting married and from eating certain foods. God created food to be received with prayers of thanks by those who believe and know the truth. Everything God created is good. Nothing should be rejected if it is received with prayers of thanks. The word of God and prayer set it apart as holy.
   You are a good servant of Christ Jesus when you point these things out to our brothers and sisters. Then you will be nourished by the words of the Christian faith and the excellent teachings which you have followed closely. Don’t have anything to do with godless myths that old women like to tell. Rather, train yourself to live a godly life. ~ 1 Timothy 4:1-7, GW

This world is full of its own troubles, nonsense and even darkness.  There is to be something remarkable about us that points people away from the world's garbage and towards the light of Christ.  Because of the special needs in our families, we catch people's eyes a little more easily.  This elevates us as ambassadors of God, giving us more opportunity to redirect the world to THE Source of hope.

Does all of this sound like nonsense to you?  Let me give you a real life example.  Last week I was getting my hair done.  At the salon, another woman and I were discussing her daughter, who is struggling as she moves into her young adult years.  The woman mentioned that she was frustrated because her daughter sought the counsel of an astrologist, and is letting that counsel influence her decisions in life.  The woman asked my opinion, which held value to her because of all our family has been through.  I gently explained to her that there are reasons why God tells us in His word, for our own protection, not to seek such counsel.  My words affirmed the woman and pointed her to Christ.

Other times, people have engaged me in conversation about embryonic stem cell research, because they know that this science has been touted as a possible cure for children like my son.  With an informed mind and biblical counsel, I am able to point them to the truth.  It opens their eyes when I can reveal to them the fact that only adult stem cells have actually shown promise in therapy and don't break God's command against murder.  It makes them stand up and take notice when I assure them that we would not pursue embryonic stem cell research even if it were showing promise because it violates what God has set forth for our protection.

Our encounters with others don't necessarily need to be this overt.  When people are watching us without our noticing, how we treat our children, our spouses or the professionals we deal with can all point to the Living Truth.  That Truth cannot be separated from love because God is love and God is truth.  So, when we're loving, gentle and honest with others, we naturally point to Him.

Use that platform God has given you wisely.  Even believers can lose their moral compass in these troubled times.  Keep encouraging and pointing to The Truth.

PRAY:  Father, it is so easy to be deceived in these confusing times.  I want to follow You and point others to You without error.  Grant me Your wisdom and discernment, so I can be Your light in the world around me.

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