The Message In A Combatant World

For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, ‘He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” — John 13:15-20

Here is what Jesus was telling them and us. We are merely messengers of God's message, and we are required to humbly communicate this to the world. It's a message for all people, and the people will either receive it and accept it, or they will reject it and conspire against it.

And don't miss this. Those who reject it aren't just politely saying "no" and allowing believers to have their freedom of belief. They will grow combative. They will escalate their efforts to the point they will intentionally conspire against the message and messengers. This happened to them, and it will happen to us. And it will happen from inside the ranks.

This is why John wrote this Gospel. He wanted us to know that Jesus was a messenger who relayed a message to his own race and religion whose plot infiltrated his inner circle, which led to his death in an attempt to silence the message. And our call is to stay true to the message and keep telling it, expecting opposition from inside and out.

So, are you communicating the message?

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Personal Testimony: Sharing our own experiences and how our faith has impacted our lives can be powerful in connecting with others. Being authentic and sharing personal stories helps others relate and find inspiration in our journey.
  • Conversations: Engaging in meaningful conversations with friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances allows us to listen attentively, empathize, and respectfully share our beliefs when appropriate. Building genuine connections and fostering understanding can lead to deeper discussions about faith.
  • Bible Study Groups: Joining or organizing small group discussions centered around studying and understanding the Scriptures can provide opportunities for deeper exploration of God's Word. Through these groups, we can foster community, learn from one another, and grow in our faith together.
  • Online Platforms: Utilizing social media, blogs, podcasts, or YouTube channels allows us to reach a wider audience with our message. Sharing uplifting messages, devotional thoughts, and personal insights can inspire and encourage others who may come across our content online.
  • Service and Outreach: Demonstrating God's love through acts of kindness and service is a powerful way to communicate the message. Volunteering at local charities, participating in community events, and engaging in outreach programs showcase the transformative power of faith in action and can open doors for conversations about our beliefs.
  • Invitations to Church: Inviting others to join us for worship services, Bible studies, or fellowship events at our local church creates opportunities for people to encounter the message firsthand. A warm and welcoming environment can help others feel accepted and curious to learn more about the faith we hold dear.
  • Creative Arts: Utilizing our talents in music, art, writing, or drama allows us to communicate the message in a creative and engaging manner. Songs, paintings, poems, and performances can evoke emotions and spark conversations that lead to discussions about faith and spirituality.
  • Prayer: Praying for guidance, wisdom, and opportunities to share the message is essential. By praying for the hearts of those who haven't yet heard or understood the message to be open and receptive, we align ourselves with God's plan and invite His presence into our communication efforts.

ASK THIS:

  1. In what ways have you shared your personal testimony and experiences with others? How have these authentic and personal stories impacted those who have heard them?
  2. Reflect on your conversations with others about faith. Have you been intentional about listening attentively, empathizing, and respectfully sharing your beliefs? How can you deepen these meaningful conversations to foster understanding and create opportunities for discussing the message of God's love and truth?

DO THIS: Share the message in one of the ways above today.

PRAY THIS: Dear Lord, I come before you with a humble heart and a desire to communicate your message of love and truth to others. Grant me the courage and wisdom to share my personal testimony authentically and to engage in meaningful conversations that foster understanding and inspire faith. Guide me in using my unique gifts and talents to creatively convey your message, and may my words and actions reflect your love in all that I do. Amen.

PLAY THIS: Send Me Lord.

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6 thoughts on “The Message In A Combatant World

  1. Aldo Di Tacchio says:

    Prayer request My wife and I have been separated for 7 weeks now and I’ve been confused by why. Praying day and night for reconciliation with my wife. I know I haven’t been the best husband in the world I do have my faults I’m working on issues from my past with a Christian counsellor to put those things that are affecting my life from my past behind me It is not an easy task especially when doing some exercises my counselling suggests to do the exercises bring back dark moments from my past and I find it hard to deal with. I’ve been told over the past 3 years I haven’t been the same fun loving person I was and it’s true because I’m trying to deal with past issues it’s affected me in the present
    Please pray for both my wife and I to have softer hearts and that we put God first in our marriage. We have put God first in our marriage in the past and we were so in love with each other but then from time to time we’d stray away from the Lord and that’s when storms came through our lives from the evil one There has been no physical abuse or adultery in our marriage just a lot of awful words said to one another over the years. I feel God is telling me to fight for our marriage of 30 years and my wife feels God is telling her she deserves to be happy because we have free will
    Thank you Vince for all you do for us on this platform you are a gift sent to us from God

    Blessings from Canada

  2. gonzalo correa says:

    Amen brother Vince!

    Thanks for another wonderful truth shared this morning. Sharing our personal growth is great, but sharing our dumb mistakes is probably the best as we can share the grace and mercy from our Lord in our lives. We can give a breath of live to those around us thinking there is no hope. It is very humbling to share but where we are weak… He is strong! Thank you Lord and amen.

  3. Eddie Ackerman says:

    I have found that a true, honest, vulnerable conversation about my own personal testimony is all it takes to help the person I am talking to and myself. Sharing my story of how He has worked in me, ESPECIALLY in my mistakes, helps remind me that He is for me and also to not carry the burdens of my past mistakes, they are in the past and need to stay there. Sharing this to others as well helps them to see that the joy, peace, and contentment I have is not because everything is all sunshine and rainbows all the time, but that His peace, joy, and contentment are there in the easy times, the hard times, and all the other times in between that are not one extreme or the other. The peace that passes understanding is not seen when it is understandable to be at peace, so sharing how I have peace in troubled times seems to help others see Jesus’ peace in me and hopefully they can cling to that in their own struggles and grow in their faith, either for the first time or as a continuing process. I used to be afraid to be vulnerable in a group of people, but God has shown me that was just the enemy talking and it’s so freeing to not worry about how others see me because He loves and accepts me. I think it’s a TobyMac song, “Mistakes”, but the lyric that stands out to me is “NOTHING’S greater than Your grace, not even my mistakes.”

  4. Jim Malin says:

    Hello Vince
    I’m “opining” here from Philadelphia, Pa. I’ve been following you for several years now and I can appreciate the “time and effort” you put into the ministry – day in and day out !
    I’m encouraged as I hope you are as well.
    Love the Lord, til my dying day, bro.

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