I need to live my faith so others can see and will come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. That's kind of it in a nutshell, isn't it? Yet, as simple as this seems, I still have trouble remembering it. I copied a scripture out of 1Thessalonians 4:11,12 (NIV) that helps me to remember;"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."
Dependent on anyone except the Lord, that is. It has come to my attention recently that I cannot save anybody; That's the Lord's work. I can only show them the way I choose to live, which enables Him to bless me with His all-sufficient Grace, which honors Him. Now this is all well and good in theory and in my own head-- how do I apply it in real life when I am facing the clock to get my assembly job done and I'm taking longer than the 'standard' time to finish? How do I show Jesus to a group of workers who are there for the money only and don't recognize, or even care to think about God's provision in their lives or circumstances?
More often than not, God has had me keep my mouth shut when I am busting to shout of his wonderful provision for their lives. This, I see as His Way of showing, not talking the gospel. So many people, Pastors and Priests included have spoken 'religion' to death and back. These people may have heard so much that their attitude may be, 'Talk, talk, talk, SHOW ME!' God has given me the openings to approach and even speak of what God has done in my life. This is a far greater witness that mere words can provide. I received a very blessed text from a woman at work who was struggling with personal issues. She thanked me for being such a good and caring friend during her time of need. All I did was pray for her during her rough time and keep up with a couple of phone calls to let her know I was thinking about her and her situation. She also knew our conversations would go no further than between her, me and the Lord. These little things, so small in my eyes, spoke volumes to her and showed her my Jesus.
The devotion I ran across on 1-11-2011 was from, 2 Timothy 4 (NIV). I have vs. 2-4 highlighted from a previous devotion. But the one that caught my eye was vs. 5~~"But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry." The "But YOU (caps, mine) stuck to me personally, especially after reading the beginning of chapter 4. How great is My God to take the time to speak to even me in my lowly circumstance! Keep me where You need me to be LORD, for Your servant waits!