Devotional for April 2, 2020
Youth Pastor Jeff Hughes, EBCWF
I tell our students this all the time, “You may be the only Bible anyone ever reads”. I truly believe that! We may be the only Jesus anyone ever sees. Those who do not believe in Jesus notice what we do. They make decisions about Christ by watching us. When we are kind and gracious, they assume Christ is kind and gracious. But if we are arrogant, self-centered, and pushy, what will they think about Jesus? When we are dishonest, what assumptions will an observer make about our King?
It’s no wonder that Paul said this:
“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive[a] so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6 NLT
Integrity and courteous conduct honors Christ. We should be wise in our contacts with non-Christians, making the most out of our opportunities to spread the Good News of Jesus. When we tell others about Christ, it is important to always be gracious in what we say and do. No matter how powerful the message is or how much sense it makes, we lose our effectiveness if we are not courteous. Just as we like to be respected, we must respect others if we want them to listen to what we have to say.
You can make the greatest speech ever about the love of Jesus, but if your actions do not show that love, your words alone will mean nothing.
Think about you behavior over the past week – have people seen Christ in you? If not, what changes can you make? Remember, people are watching!!!
Love you guys!