Let your lives shine brightly before them

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, February 28, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

Our life should be characterized by moral purity, patience, and peacefulness, so that we will “shine brightly” in a dark and depraved world. A transformed life is an effective witness to the power of God’s Word. Is your life shining brightly, or is it clouded by complaining and arguing? Shine out for God.

Why are complaining and arguing so harmful? If all that people know about a church is that its members constantly argue, complain, and gossip, they get a false impression of Christ and the Good News. (NLT)

Philippians 2:12-16 – Dearest friends, you were always so careful to follow my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away you must be even more careful to put into action God’s saving work in your lives, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.

In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them. Hold tightly to the word of life, so that when Christ returns, I will be proud that I did not lose the race and that my work was not useless.

You will shine among [a warped and crooked generation] like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. –Philippians 2:15-16 (NIV)

Mandy Slade (Somerset, England) titled her story “SHINE LIKE STARS;” here is Mandy’s story:

“My church has offered our members a course that encourages us and equips us to share our faith with our friends and neighbors. I usually avoid situations where I need to voice my faith to others, so this is quite a challenge for me. As I was considering the course and my feelings about evangelism, my dear friend Brenda came to mind.

“Brenda was big in spirit and faith. She loved Jesus so much she shone. I was with her when she was diagnosed with cancer and was amazed when she told the medical specialist that she wasn’t afraid to die because she loved Jesus. Wherever she was, especially in the nursing home where she spent the last few weeks of her life, Brenda was ready and happy to share her faith and love of Christ with anyone willing to listen.

“I’ve come to realize that I’ve made things far too complicated. Evangelism is not about having the right words at the right time. Sharing my faith is a matter of drawing alongside others, showing them what Jesus has done in my life, and letting them know that he would like to do the same for them.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – I can share my faith by being present with others.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to accompany others and share with them the love and new life that Jesus offers. Amen.

Prayer Focus: SOMEONE RECENTLY DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER

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