Wednesday, February 11, 2009

God's greatest miracle is a life transformed

"...When we've met God...face-to-face, all of the arguments and evidence for His existence - though still perfectly valid - take a secondary role. They now become confirmatory for what God Himself has shown us in a supernatural way through the witness of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. It's no exaggeration to say that knowing God personally and seeing Him change lives are the greatest miracles of all. Based on how God has transformed my life, my attitudes, my relationships, my motivations, my marriage, and my priorities through His very real ongoing presence in my life, I realized at that moment that miracles like manna from Heaven, the virgin birth, and the Resurrection - well, in the end, they're child's play for a God like that." [Williams Lane Craig & Lee Strobel]

We are about to begin a new sermon series on being a witness/missionary for God to our JH & HS students. As I contemplate different ways in which we can get our students to understand how to tell others of their relationship with Christ, I cannot help but think that what people need to see is a transformed life not some fancy theory or "proof" of God. After all - taking a look at the sun beating down on the Superstition Mountains yesterday casting them in a glow against the backdrop of the cloud cover clearly showed enough evidence for God. People don't need to see evidence - they need to see transformation. If I am to share Christ with others - they need to see that something is different about my life. The key will be how do I communicate that to the students? How do I get them to truly understand that principle? Another way to look at it, is am I showing the students that my life is transformed? Preaching a sermon is a waste of time and energy, if they can't see beyond the mere words to a life that is based upon the saving graces of God. I can honestly say the greatest miracle of God has been His impact upon my life. I just hope others see that miracle at work in me.


Steven G said...

A lot of people live good lives and don't know Jesus, the real question is what is your motive behind the way you live? Mormons are a great example they live great lives and look good in the outside, however they will see on the day of judgement that their works are like filthy rags, becasue their motive is wrong.

I am not getting away from James 2:14, but the works that a true christian does is becasue he has been saved, they are not for salvation but becasue of salvation. Our works are to honor God and only God. He gets the glory always, even when we do it with the wrong motive He gets His glory; Gen 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but i God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.

you wnat to know how to be a witness preach the Gospel; don't try to make sin look funny, don't try some sceam to make a little kid raise his hand and ask Jesus into his heart ( you will never find scripture to back this "method" up)dont be relevant; God and His Gospel is relevant. Preach the Gospel and if know one comes it is becaiuse God said so, allow the Spirit to move not your cute stories. Be a true witness Proverbs 14:25 A truthful witness saves lives, but one who breathes out lies is deceitful.