John the Baptist (arguably the founder of the original ‘First Baptist Church’), made the way ahead of the coming messiah. He wasn’t the light, but he pointed to the light (Jesus).
John 1:7-9 (HCSB)
He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him.
He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light.
The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
We act as precursors as well.
Jesus gave us his light to shine in us, to illuminate a dark world. We like John the Baptist, are precursors as well.
To what you might ask. Actually several things is the right answer.
Our lives as Christians points the way to Grace. It is that light living in us that, is in fact our testimony of God’s grace acting in us, which tells the world that we are different. Tells the world that they can be different through that same grace that Jesus is willing to impart on each and everyone that would surrender to Him.
We also are precursors of Heaven and eternal life. We don’t always realize it but a Christians life post-salvation is a preparation for living in glory with our savior. Each day to grow in His love, mercy and grace. Constantly, pressing forward to be as worthy of the robes of righteousness that Christ has adorned us with, as we may.
Not perfect by any means, but we should every day exhibit more and more someone becoming more prepared for an eternal existence with the creator of Heaven and earth.
Then the final thing we point to is the coming of our Lord and Savior. He is coming and we and our lives can and should point to that fact with all that we do and say.
Romans 8:28 (HCSB)
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.
Philippians 4:6-7 (HCSB)
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
Luke 12:31 (HCSB)
But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.
Deuteronomy 31:8 (HCSB)
The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid or discouraged.
Psalms 29:11 (HCSB)
The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace.
1 Peter 5:6-7 (HCSB)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.
Psalms 46:10-11 (HCSB)
“Stop your fighting — and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
Yahweh of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.
Psalms 125:1 (HCSB)
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion.
It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
Psalms 55:22 (HCSB)
Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
Isaiah 41:10 (HCSB)
Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand
Psalms 56:3-4 (HCSB)
When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?
Exodus 14:13-14 (HCSB)
But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.”
Are We Saul?
Acts 9:3-4 (HCSB)
As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
Every time I read this passage, I think to myself; am I persecuting the one that has given me His Grace and Mercy by my actions of defiance to Him?
Our lives, given to Christ, are not our own. But yet we tend to desire to hold back from what it is that He would have us be and do.
Are we Saul?
Who Are We?
Isaiah 45:9-11 (HCSB)
“Woe to the one who argues with his Maker — one clay pot among many.
Does clay say to the one forming it, ‘What are you making?’ Or does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?
How absurd is the one who says to his father, ‘What are you fathering?’ or to his mother, ‘What are you giving birth to?’”
This is what the Lord, the Holy One of Israel and its Maker, says: “Ask Me what is to happen to My sons, and instruct Me about the work of My hands.
I read this, with tears. Who are we to challenge our maker? Who am I to question the direction of the one that allotted me Grace, for the measure for which I was inapplicable of being in conformance of?
I’m going to post this at my desk, so I’m always reminded of who I am and who HE IS.
Psalms 100:2-5 (HCSB)
Acknowledge that Yahweh is God.
He made us, and we are His, — His people, the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For Yahweh is good, and His love is eternal; His faithfulness endures through all generations
Romans 8:31-32 (HCSB)
What then are we to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us?
He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?
1 John 2:15-17 (HCSB)
Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For everything that belongs to the world — the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle — is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.
2 Samuel 22:4 (HCSB)
I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.