Sunday, June 2, 2013

BOLD Christian Outreach Reflections from Psalm 19

Sub title: The heavens declare the glory of God…without words...yet...

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky displays what his hands have made.
One day tells a story to the next. One night shares knowledge with the next without talking, without words, without their voices being heard. [Yet,] their sound has gone out into the entire world, their message to the ends of the earth. ” Psalm 19:1-4 (God’s Word, Copyright 1995 by God’s Word to the Nations Bible Society, www.godsword.org)

In the beginning God had a personal relationship with His creation. After mankind turned his back on God that relationship was lost. Not because God rejected mankind, but because mankind chose to reject God! Ever since that time in our history, God has been trying to reveal Himself to those created in His image. He uses His very own creation to show His glory, to reveal Himself to a world that is blind to His existence.  Fools who think they know it all, make claims that God does not exist. Yet, it is hard to imagine our world coming together by a series of random unguided events. The amazing beauty of the world speaks of a creator who put everything together with great detail. The balance of the design and the interconnected relationships of every living thing speak of a God who values relationship.


So here is my outreach take-away … If the creation of God declares His glory without words to the ends of the earth …. How difficult could it be to declare God’s message of salvation by repeating the words God has given to us from the Bible, His written word?  It is very humbling to think that God’s creation; rocks, trees, water, sky, plants, and animals are doing a better job of proclaiming the glory of God than I am. I am supposed to be the intelligent one. I have the advantage of having God’s written word, God’s Holy Spirit living in me, and the assurance of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. Yet, I often fail to be a strong witness for the God I believe in. I miss opportunities to share my faith, to encourage others in their faith, or to just speak about the forgiveness of sins and the free gift of eternal life found in the cross of Jesus Christ.

So, why should I be afraid to share the joy of salvation with those who are without hope? Is it my lack of faith? I am certain that Jesus Christ forgives my sin. In Him I will be blameless and set free from my guilt and shame. In Christ I will have the strength to BOLDly declare all that God has done for me. So I pray...Lord, give me words to speak that are acceptable to You, word that will bring glory and honor to your holy name.

And here is the promise…
Ps. 19:7 The teachings of the Lord are perfect, they renew the soul.
The testimony of the Lord is dependable. It makes gullible people wise.

God has written His message on the hearts of men to know right from wrong, to desire a redeemer, to worship a God who will deliver them. Nature reveals the knowledge of God without speaking, without words, without being heard, yet…their message has gone out to the ends of the earth. When we study His creation closely we can only stand in awe of its beauty and intricate design. The present is preserved and revealed to others in the future. The past is recorded for us in the present.

When we share God’s message with others …it makes the heart rejoice…it makes eyes shine…it is God’s Word that brings people to see the truth … God’s word renews and restores the souls of men…God’s Word bring faith.

Paul said in Romans 1 “I am not ashamed of the Good News. It is God’s power to save everyone who believes …God’s Word makes gullible people wise unto salvation.”

It turns the gullible into people who are wise; those who will believe anything and follow false theories and false gods are turned into those who know the truth and follow the one true God, Jesus Christ.

The BOLD Christian outreach promise for today is to proclaim God’s Word of salvation with confidence knowing that the power is in God’s Word and it has the power to save. God’s Word can and will change the minds of unbelievers into followers of Jesus Christ.