Monday, July 23, 2012

Your Obedience Life Influences Others

Fiction story: small boy once had a cage full of sparrows. Hoping to teach them to sing he put a canary in the cage with them. A few days later he came running to his mother crying,
Mom, the canary is chirping like the sparrows!”

Non-fiction story: I once stayed in a home with my Sabahan friends for a week, and you know what happened? Yes, I spoke like Sabahan! And my Sarawakian friends thought I was ‘backsliding’. Funny.

What I mean by both stories: On this side of mortality, you and I may not be able to see how our life influences others. But lo and behold, you may be planting seeds of faith in the lives of people around you (mine maybe already started as you read this blog), seeds that God will continue to nourish and care for until they grow into a faith-saving relationship with Jesus, our Lord and Savior.  Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians;

After all, who is Apollos? Who is Paul? We are only God’s servants through whom you believed the Good News. Each of us did the work the Lord gave us. I planted the seed in your hearts, and Apollos watered it, but it was God who made it grow. It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work.”
(1 Corinthians 3:5-8NLT)

You see, it’s not important who does what; what’s important is that, by the end of the day – it is God who ‘makes the seed grow’. Try this, instead of anxiously-busy trying too hard to influence people around you, why don’t you just live daily, moment by moment, in obedience to God. Just keep on ‘planting’, keep on ‘watering’, slowly but steady… live in obedience to what’s God calling you daily. Soon or later, either you know it or not – your growth in Christ, your living obedience to God will draws others to Jesus.

Salt give others a taste of Christ; light attract other to Christ.
Your obedience life influences others for Christ.
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