Christians Are Called To Represent God
April 12 - Devotion
Paul intelligently defeated his opponents by referencing scriptures to support his arguments. Two organized Jewish sects (Pharisees and Sadducees) that collaborated to persecute him for his ministerial activities became confused when Paul argued they were just harassing him based on the subject matter that some of them believed. (Pharisees believed in the resurrection but Sadducees did not). Paul – a lawyer turned preacher – demonstrated his skills as the scripture reported, “When Paul perceived that one part (of the opposing sects) were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council,
“Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged!” And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees; and the assembly was divided. For Sadducees say that there is no resurrection—and no angel or spirit; but the Pharisees confess both. Then there arose a loud outcry. And the scribes of the Pharisees’ party arose and protested, saying, “We find no evil in this man; but if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him, let us not fight against God” (Acts 23:6-9).
Christians are not naive, but we are intelligent people showcasing the glory of God. Believers have natural abilities and inbuilt skills to preach the gospel wherever we go. Our skills must manifest to motivate other people to be in touch with God. The Creator has raised and trained us under different circumstances. He has dispersed us into various disciplines to develop the skills and strength needed to propagate the gospel. Every Christian has one ability or the other needed to aid the gospel and help populate God's kingdom! Therefore, no Christians should complain of a lack of resources as an excuse for not preaching the gospel. Christians of every profession are expected to bring out their best for God. People of special expertise should propagate the gospel - whether lawyer, doctor, engineer, architect, nurse, pharmacist, journalist, carpenter, mechanic, accountant, housekeeper, janitor, cashier, clerk, secretary, politician, and others. All people must rise up to the task of preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Without reservations, we must preach the gospel to people of various cultures and backgrounds. If we obey God, the devil’s kingdom will suffer losses and God’s kingdom will be populated.
Dear God, please make me a useful vessel for you. Give me the strength to use my natural ability (my gifts and my talents) to preach your gospel. Please use me to lead as many people as possible to your kingdom. I also pray for my fellow believers throughout the world that you grant them the courage to keep preaching your gospel. Let brethren keep preaching about you so that people can escape the punishment of hell and be qualified for heaven. Let the devil be put to shame and glory be giving to your name through our effective evangelism! For in the name of Jesus Christ I make my requests. Amen.