“And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. But I will gain glory for myself through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord. So the Israelites did this. The Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I gain glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving. And the Egyptians said, ‘Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.’” (Exodus 14:4, 18, 25)
Even as God judges a people who reject His gracious salvation. He brings glory to Himself. The redemption of people always brings glory to God and makes other aware of His greatness and grace.
God’s people should engage in witnessing, leading others to Jesus Christ, that God may be glorified. This is the supreme motive to evangelize and share Christ. Is this what people see in you, as your go about your daily lives?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, in this text today, we hear the Egyptians say, “Let’s get away from the Israelites! The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt.” God used the Israelites, and today He uses each one of us to be witnesses to His gracious offer of forgiveness of sins, eternal salvation and to be in relationship to Him everyday. Help us to hear the Holy Spirit leading us to witness to our faith in God through Christ, so that others might join our ranks and become believers. In St. Francis’ words, “Let us proclaim the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words!” Let our actions permeate our souls, to the point that words are not necessary, for our beliefs are seen by the way we live our lives. All this we pray in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“If someone really has you ‘burned up,’ remember God has experience with furnaces.”
“May these words of mine, which I have prayed before the Lord, be dear to the Lord our God day and night, that he may uphold the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel according to each day’s need, so that all the peoples of the earth my know that the Lord is God and that there is no other.” (1st Kings 8:59-60)
I am reminded that in 1st King’s (7:5), And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it. Pharaoh and his people, especially his army were not believers in God, and yet they were used by God to move His people out of Egypt and on their way into the desert, in search of the Promised Land. The redemption of people always brings glory to God and makes others aware of His greatness and grace. God’s people should engage in witnessing, leading others to Jesus Christ, that God may be glorified. This is the supreme motive to evangelize and share Christ.
“They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty. Therefore in the east give glory to the Lord; exalt the name of the Lord, the God of Israel, in the islands of the sea. From the ends of he earth w hear singing: ‘Glory to the Righteous One,’ But I said, ‘I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!’” (Isaiah24:14-16)
When people realize they goodness and majesty of the Lord, they ‘shout’ in praise. This incites others to give glory to God. Finally, the ends of the earth hear songs of praise. When nations truly know the Lord, they praise Him, and He is glorified. Thus we are to tell them of His majesty and glory—-that is “Evangelism 101, beloved.
Second Thought of the Day:
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—-even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1st Corinthians10:31–33)
The highest motive in Christian evangelism is to bring glory to God. This motivation will so affect our life-style that we will never cause anyone to stumble because of our actions or ambitions. It will move us to self-giving for God’s glory and the good of all people.
The best good we bring to all people is to help them accept Jesus as Savior and thus find life. Remember, we cannot make the decision for anyone else. Their decision has to be based upon the presentation of the good news gospel, combined with our or others answering questions by an individual. When all is said and done, the individual must make their decision on the truth in Christ as we bring it to them. Clear enough?