Proverbs 1 5-1-19

How we think controls how we feel and eventually what we do. Let’s think like Jesus.

33 Whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.

As Christians, we believe Christ when He said, “I AM the resurrection and the life.” (John 11:25). We KNOW that we are “safe” eternally. Jesus asks us to let go of this life and place all our trust in His life, the one He has waiting for us on the other side of eternity. In this way, we live our lives in the knowledge that we are safe in Him and can be at ease in any situation–even if it kills us!

There are myriad ways to die. HOW we die is how we show our faith. If we die quickly, then people look at our lives and see how we followed Christ and lived for Him. If we die slowly, we get the opportunity to share our faith with those around us: family, friends, doctors, nurses, healthcare workers, etc.

How ARE we supposed to live for Christ that is different from the world? Jesus gives His paradigm shift in Mark 10:42,

42 Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. 43 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your [a] servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

When combined with Paul’s teaching in Ephesians 4:15 about “speaking the truth in love,” we get a picture of how Jesus’ paradigm works:

  1. We recognize an opportunity with an adversary/potential brother or sister in Christ;
  2. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, we do something nice or needed for that person;
  3. Even in the face of hardship and ridicule, we continue to be obedient to the Spirit–not necessarily to the person;
  4. We wait and look for opportunities to speak our faith. In the meantime, we simply live out our faith trusting that the LORD is working in that person’s life through us.

We must realize that it may not be that person with whom God is working, but someone watching the situation. We may not get to see the end results on this side of eternity. We simply trust in the LORD’s plan and be obedient to Him. In our obedience, we:

  1. Get great fellowship time with Him;
  2. Are bathed in love, joy and peace as we bask in His presence;
  3. Get a larger perspective of what He is doing and how He works;
  4. Become more like Jesus!

Living for Jesus in this way only comes by living WITH Jesus everyday. Let’s take the time to read His Word and talk to Him and listen to Him as we go through our day. May we be worthy to be His ambassadors to the world–whatever it takes!

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