Thursday, January 15, 2009

We Have Heard!

We Have Heard!



When reaching the lost, it seems we have to spend most of our time trying to convince people that there is a God and that they should care what he thinks because he has power and authority over them regardless if they acknowledge him or not. Wouldn't it be great if instead they told us how great and powerful our God is. Sounds like a fantasy, but that is exactly what happened when the two spies Joshua sent to search out Jericho met Rahab.


"And said to the men, "I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.

For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction.

And as soon as we heard it, our hearts melted, and there was no spirit left in any man because of you, for the LORD your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath."

Joshua 2:9-11 (ESV)


It would be beautiful enough to hear a Christian declare the mighty works of God, but coming from the lips of an unbeliever it is absolutely astounding! I was struck with awe when I read "For we have heard!" All of Jericho had heard of God's power and his people, there was no need for an introduction. They had heard and understood that God had all power on Heaven and earth and that whatever he willed would be done. They heard of how God had used his power to provide for and protect his people. They had heard and knew, that no one could withstand these people, for God was their strength.

What a testimony!

Wouldn't you love to be known like this? For your church to be known like this. Even more importantly, for our God to be known like this! Oh, that word would go forth of how great a God and Savior we serve! For all to hear that Jesus Christ came to save sinners and that there is none beyond his saving. That he has all power in Heaven and earth to forgive sin, for he has paid its price for us. That all would see that his people live lives turned away from sin and focused on him. That the love God has shown for his people overflows in love towards all those who have yet to know the love of Christ.

I guess the challenge would be, is this what others see when they see you? Has anyone heard of your God? Can others see the mighty works he has done in your life? Would any one even realize you are his? Or do you spend most of your time trying to convince people that there is a God and that they should care what he thinks because he has power and authority over them regardless if they acknowledge him or not.

I have a lot to work on.

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