by Rick Warren — July 30, 2023
From Better Together
“Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus.”
Colossians 3:17 (NLT
God has put specific people in your life for a reason. You are God’s representative to them! If you don’t tell them about God’s love and offer of salvation, then who will?
God put you in your unique circumstances to share the Gospel with your relatives, your friends, your neighbors, and your co-workers. They need to hear that God has a purpose for them and wants them to be part of his family. But he’s not going to write it in the sky for them. He’s not going to send them a telegram. He’s already sent you. He wants you to learn to be more like him so you can show others what he’s like—forgiving, compassionate, patient, and faithful.
The Bible is very clear about this: “Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Take care of your own business, and do your own work . . . If you do, then people who are not believers will respect you” (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 NCV).
We need Christians who walk the walk and talk the talk; you’ve heard that cliché before, but it really is that simple. Faithful Christians don’t just say what they believe. They try to live so that others see the hope and joy that come from knowing Jesus. They are “show and tell” Christians. They tell the Gospel with their mouths, and they show the Gospel with their lives.
“Whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17 NLT).
The most dangerous prayer you could pray is two words: “Use me.” I dare you to pray it! I dare you to pray, “God, use me! Use me to show your love to people who don’t know that you love them. Use me to show your purpose to people who don’t know that you have a purpose for their lives.”
That kind of prayer can change the world—but the change starts in our communities and with the people we know and love.
They won’t know unless we show them.