Nicodemus saw the witness

Have you ever seen the impossible? Maybe you were at a magic show, or a fair? Someone ate fire or they sawed a woman in half? A bunny disappeared and then reappeared? We know these acts to be fabricated and only slight of hand, but what if you saw such a thing that was undeniably genuine?

The wonder. The questioning. The demand for answers.

These are all feelings I believe you would feel. This is exactly how Christians should make the world feel. In John 3, a man named Nicodemus approached Jesus. The first thing he says to Christ is this, “Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.”

Nicodemus saw what Christ had done. He knew the miracles were real. He wanted to know. Wanted to understand. He was looking for answers.

As followers of Christ, we are to inspire the same feelings in people around us. We may or may not work miracles, but our testimony and character should inspire wonder and questioning in the heart of unbelievers.

“How are they so calm when they are in so much trouble financially? What do you mean God will take care of you?”

“How can you go on happy when you have such a terrible disease? What do you mean you’re not afraid of death?”

“How can you speak so kindly of such a horrible person? What do you mean God wants you to love your enemies?”

These are the types of questions that the world will ask when Christians live in accordance to God’s Word. This is the types of questions they will ask YOU when you live fully believing God and His Word!

I challenge you, develop a heavenly mindset. Live in faith and live knowing that God is real and His promises are sure. Your lifestyle and attitudes may do more to attract people to Christ than your actions will ever do.

When Nicodemus spoke to Jesus, he didn’t ask a question. But the Bible says that “Jesus answered and said . . .” And then Jesus told Nicodemus the gospel. When you live in a way that shows God’s power, people will have questions they may never ask. But you will be able to give them the answer- Jesus.

 

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Living with the dead

Today I would like to start a small series. The title of this series is: Are you spiritually sane? There are many carnal Christians in this world today. If we are not careful, we can be affected by those around us and begin to pick up their actions. If you have accepted Christ, I would like to challenge you to live as one who has taken on the new man.

1 Peter 4:7 says, "But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer." The word ‘sober’ in this passage is the same Greek word used in the account of the maniac of the Gadarenes. If you are not familiar with the story, you should read it. It is found both in Mark 5 and Luke 8. I would like to draw some parallels between the carnal Christian and this man who was tormented by demons.

One of the first things we notice about the maniac of the Gadarenes is that he dwelt in the tombs. (Mark 5:3, Luke 8:27) This man was alive, but he chose to live among the dead. Why? Why would anyone want to live with those who they no longer could communicate with? The idea seems absurd, but how often do we do the same? 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us to separate ourselves from this world because light cannot have fellowship with darkness. As Christians, we have been made spiritually alive. We can never again have intimate fellowship with those who are unsaved. Christ spent time with sinners, and was a witness to them, but He did not make them His closest friends.

I would like to challenge you, separate yourself to Christ. A Christian cannot have a complete and fulfilling relationship with someone who are spiritually dead. We should not attempt to keep our identity with sinners. God gives us an amazing promise to those who separate themselves to Him.

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." – 2 Corinthians 6:18