YOU MAY BE GOD'S MIRACLE IN SOMEONE'S LIFE
- Key Verse
- Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us . . . . (2 Corinthians 5:20a)
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God intends for the words and works of His followers to demonstrate His love for this world and its people. We often experience God's love, character, and plan through the words and deeds of His followers. People are His ambassadors and appeal to this earth.
People ask, "If there is a God, why does He allow so much suffering?" A best seller was titled "God is Not Great." Some followers of Christ even say, "My faith is a very personal thing."
I recently spent time with different people who are unemployed, rape victims, sick and terminally ill, struggling with infertility, struggling with addiction, and hurting from past or ongoing abuse and neglect. These suffering, hurting, and lost people cry out to God for help, relief, respite, and comfort. They wonder whether He is there at all, whether He is great, and whether He will get involved.
I'm reminded in 2 Corinthians 5:20 that Christ's followers are God's ambassadors here on earth. A Christian's conduct and works is not what leads him or her to salvation, but it does inform the world about God's character, nature, and plan. God can and does perform supernatural miracles. But He also shows His love for us, intervening in our lives, problems, and desperate situations, and answering prayer through the actions of His followers.
We want God to seek out those in need and provide aid and comfort. The call of Christ's followers is to act as His ambassadors here on this earth and do good works that tell the world He loves us, He has a plan, He is involved, He is there, and He is great. When we seek out those in need -- rape victims, people in poverty, the unemployed, the hungry, the sick, the desperate, the addicted, the hurting, and the lost -- and provide love, aid, and comfort, we are His appeal to this earth.
This chapter motivated me to do God's work, showing the world God's love through my actions. What we want God to do, we must do in His name. We cannot afford for our faith to be "a personal thing." It must be interpersonal, intentional, and active so that people can know God loves and cares for them.
1. Can your faith be a "personal thing" that you do not share with others?
2. Is it enough to be secure in your own salvation and your own personal relationship with God, or should your faith produce good works of speech and deed that affect others?
3. Is it enough to love and serve people who do not have a faith-based relationship with God without sharing God's plan of salvation with them?
4. Do the words, works, actions, and deeds of your life cause others to believe God loves them, is there for them, and has a plan for them?
5. How are you doing as God's ambassador and appeal to this earth?
6. Are you strategically seeking out the lost and those in need to love and serve them, as Jesus did in His lifetime?
7. Will you commit to memorize and live out 2 Corinthians 5:20?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
2 Corinthians 1-5 (July 9-13)
Read 2 Corinthians 4:7-18.
• Verse 7 talks about our bodies being like fragile clay jars, what do you think this means?
• How do you see your body being fragile (both physically and spiritually)?
• Have you ever watched someone else experience verses 8 & 9; that is, go through really hard times, but not be "crushed"?
• What did you see in that person? What helped that person to continue to trust Jesus and show others He is faithful?
• What are ways that you might be "crushed" or "pressed"? (Think about school, work, sports, friends.)
• How can you trust the "treasure" inside of you to shine through even in the hard times?
Activity: Take time to write an encouraging letter to a person you have seen stay faithful and shine for Jesus even in hard times. And then write a letter to someone you know who is in the middle of hard times. Be sure to encourage them with Scripture, reminding them of the treasure they have and who is faithful. Now mail the letters to each of them.