5/24/16: Openly Christian

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Psalm 67:7 says, “God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him” (NKJ).

The Hebrew word used for “bless” here is the word “barak.” We can bless God by giving Him adoration, and God can bless us by giving us benefits. Notice that whichever way blessing goes, some act of giving is involved. This verse says that “God shall bless us.” We can therefore be assured that by God’s hand, we will indeed receive some sort of benefit. Hallelujah! That’s good news.

Let’s keep reading the verse. Connected to part A of the verse is part B. The “God shall bless us” part is followed by a comma and the word “and,” indicating something of equal value and importance is attached. Our blessing will evoke a response. “All the ends of the earth shall fear Him.” In other words, everyone from every part of the world will be moved to reverence (yare`) God.

We must stop being stingy isolationists. We travel through life concerned only with what’s mine and ours, living in our comfortable little Christian bubble, testifying to and preaching to the choir. It’s the world that needs to see the magnificence of God, and it will only do so if we let the world witness what God can do with and for us. This means we must be willing to let God take us to the big stages. We cannot be afraid to be openly-Christian as we engage the world in the arenas of politics, show business, the arts, the business, and Wall Street. As we live for God in these arenas, and God blesses us, the ends of the earth will fear Him because the ends of the earth will see Him through us.

Live a holy life that God will bless, and don’t be afraid to do so out in the open. Our blessings are for a reason – so that our dying world can look and live. The world can only begin to reverence God if they see Him, and it sees Him by peering wide-eyed into our lives which God is blessing. May our blessings be a witness to someone today.

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2 Responses to “5/24/16: Openly Christian”

  1. Living openly as a Christian in America today is challenging. I was horrified the other day when I heard someone state that America is the third largest unchurched nation in the world. What has happened to this once great nation in which the Bible was openly discussed and where people actively lived to please God. Yet, I look at the terrible slaughter of Christians in the Middle East-brutal, horrible, murder to the point of genocide.

    Christians worldwide must unite as one body in which we support and encourage one another. We must continue to work diligently to share the Good News so that the Body of Christ will continue to grow. We must be blessings one to another.

    Marlin L. Hornberger

  2. “Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning.” Luke 12:35 NLT

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