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SIGNALS

Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. —Matthew 26:48

A signal is a gesture, action, or sound that is used to convey information or instructions. Judas used a kiss as a signal to the enemies of Christ to indicate who they should arrest.

Our actions send various signals all the time.  The way you live sends a signal to those around you without you saying a word.  Your actions tell others your beliefs even when your lips don’t say them.

James says your faith, or lack of faith sends a signal— “A man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works” (James 2:18). Peter said the actions of a wife can win her husband without her saying a word (1 Pet. 3:1). As one preacher put it, “Your life is your message.” What message is your life sending?

For example: When you refuse to support missions you are sending a signal that the work of missions is not important. When you skip a church service you are sending a signal that whatever I’m doing at the time is more important than what is going on at church.

When you neglect reading your Bible everyday, what signal are you sending?

When you seldom spend time in private prayer, what signal are you sending?

I recently came across the following quote: “Any religion that does not consider itself valuable enough to share it with nonbelievers is fated to crumble from within.” Who said that? It was not a preacher. It was not even a Christian.  It was spoken by a Jew, Yosef Abramowitz, as a warning to fellow Jews that if Jews fail to proselytize it sends “a signal that Judaism isn’t worth spreading to others.” [Taking on the Southern Baptists, in Moment, Dec. 1999, pp. 34-35]

The same thing can be said of Christians. When we fail to spread the Gospel, we are sending a signal that the Gospel isn’t worth spreading.  When we don’t tell others what Jesus has done in our lives, we are sending a signal that Jesus is not worth sharing with others because He hasn’t made a significant difference in our lives. Think about it!

What kind of signals is your life sending?

The Testimony of Two Pillars

The Testimony of Two Pillars

And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Jachin: and he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. —1 Kings 7:21

On the porch of Solomon’s Temple, he placed two prominent pillars about 35 feet tall with a 7½ foot chapiter on top.  No one could enter the Temple without noticing these two imposing pillars.

Solomon gave names to these two pillars. The one on the right he named “JACHIN” and the one on the left he named “BOAZ.”  JACHIN means “he will establish.” It was a witness of STABILITY.  Boaz means “in him is strength.” It was a witness of STRENGTH.  These two pillars testified that the kingdom was established by God’s strength—A foreshadowing of the Millennial Kingdom being established in strength under Christ.  Jachin was a testimony of God’s PROMISE to establish. Boaz was a testimony of God’s POWER.

Paul wrote of those “who seemed to be pillars” in the church (Gal. 2:9). Thank God for Christians who are testimonies of stability and strength, in their prayers, soul winning, giving, and service.  John alluded to these pillars—“Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God…” (Rev. 3:12).

Are you like a pillar in the church?  Is your life a witness of STABILITY (Jachin) and STRENGTH (Boaz)?

A Convincing Testimony

 How To Have a Convincing Testimony

How should we then live? —Ezekiel 33:10

One common question many Christians wonder about is this: How can I live so others will want to be saved also.

The old saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”  But, that is not entirely true.  If you salt his oats and he’ll get thirsty and want to drink.

That is also true of a Christian’s witness and testimony.  Jesus said, “Ye are the salt of the earth.”  You cannot force anyone to get saved, but you can make him thirsty for what you have. Here’s how:

There are two things the unsaved watch for in a Christian: (1) They look to see if you are genuinely happy and have an unshakable joy.  The joy of the Lord is your strength. No one wants to look like they’ve been sucking on dill pickles. A cheerful countenance is a powerful influence. Is the joy of the Lord exhibited in your life?  (2) They look to see how you respond to tribulation and hardships.  They want to see if the things that make them miserable also make you miserable.  There is no more powerful testimony to an unsaved man than when he sees a Christian get “slammed” by some adverse situation, and that Christian still maintains his joy and positive outlook.  That will put an unsaved person under conviction better than more than any other single thing. That’s what convicted Saul at the stoning of Stephen.

Can the unsaved around you see these two things in your life?

A Home Missionary

A Home Missionary

“He that had been possessed with the devil prayed him that he might be with him. Howbeit Jesus suffered him not…” —Mark 5:18-19

Here is a man of Gadara who was once tormented with demons, lived in the graveyard, and terrorized the countryside.  Jesus cast out the devils and brought peace to the man’s life.  In gratitude he prays to the Lord to let him follow Him. He wanted to be one of Christ’s disciples.  Yet, “Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee.”

Jesus wanted this man to be a “home missionary.”  God does not call everyone to leave all and follow Him to a distant land.  There are lost souls who need our a testimony among our own family, friends, and co-workers.

Christ called to Matthew, “Follow me,”  and Matthew “left all, rose up, and followed him.”  Matthew became one of Christ’s apostles.  But that is not what Christ demands of everyone.  Paul asks, “Are all apostles?”  (1 Cor. 12:29). The implied answer is “no.”

But, God does have a place of service for each of us.  If God doesn’t call you leave all and follow Him to a foreign land, you can do what this man of Gadara did.  “He departed, and began to publish in Decapolis how great things Jesus had done for him: and all men did marvel” (Mk. 5:20).

Will you be a testimony of God’s marvelous grace in your life to all those around you? Be a “home missionary.” A friend needs you to tell them.