Reading: Psalm 112
The psalmist expresses how life is different when our lives are lived in a relationship with God. The Psalm speaks of mighty children, riches in the home, and good coming to the believer. The writing also speaks of light in the darkness, of having no fear of bad news, of having a secure heart with no fear. The Psalm also shares that a God-follower is gracious and compassionate, generous to the poor. It is not a perfect life, free from all trouble, but it is the only way to truly live.
When one follows in the way of the cross, life is much different than the life of a non-believer. Life in Christ is marked by joy and peace and contentment. There is a steadiness that guided through both the highs and the lows. This all comes from our eternal assurance. God’s love permeates our interactions with our fellow human beings as we seek to live and serve others as Jesus did. Non-believers will see us, will notice how we are different – in a good way – and will be curious, will be led to inquire about why we are the way we are.
It has been said the we are the only Bible some people will ever read. I hope this is only partially true. Living as a witness to Christ will open the door for us to eventually share our faith with someone who is curious or hurting or broken or lost. Once that door is opened, we can gently lead them to Jesus. When the Spirit nudges us to do so, we can share a Bible with the seeker because reading the Bible is a next step for someone seeking Christ. Yes, how we live our lives is an introduction to faith in Jesus Christ. But at some point, we must share the Bible too.
Where can you be a light today? With whom can you share the faith? How are you living as the Word of God this day?