Friday, June 3, 2011
Our Sign to a Lost World
For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. —1 Corinthians 1:22–24
Sometimes we may think, If only I could perform a miracle for my friends, I know they would all become Christians. But I don’t think that is true. Even when Jesus walked this earth and performed so many miracles—so many signs—so many still did not believe.
In fact, on one occasion, Jesus was present with Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead, and people flocked to see them. Lazarus was a living, breathing miracle man who had been dead and was alive again. So the leading priests wanted to kill Lazarus too (see John 12:10–11).
As a Christian, you are a miracle man or woman. You have a testimony of what God has done for you, and that is why people oppose you and ridicule you. As a follower of Jesus Christ, you are a threat to them.
Our sign to a lost world is Jesus crucified, risen again from the dead, and alive. The apostle Paul said, “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:1–2). We don’t need to add to this message or take away from it. We don’t need to apologize for it. We just need to proclaim it and watch what God will do.
Paul also said, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek” (Romans 1:16). That word “power” speaks of explosive, dynamite power. There is explosive power in the message of Christ. This is our sign to a lost world.
Summary sentence: Have you ever thought of yourself as a miracle of God? Our testimony of what God has done for us is a sign to our lost world.
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