Posted by: mikenicholsblog | October 21, 2010

reflect and point

Convincing another person of anything can be an effort in futility. Issues of incredible importance to me, often barely hit the radar screen of others in my world. How could that be when my positions are so valid (at least in my mind)?! In reality, I am comfortable with diversity of thought and appreciate that many come from different life perspectives. But one area of life where I do struggle is in convincing others on issues of faith (which is where life really matters). Because I know that God’s Word changes lives, and that applying His truth is the key to a joyful journey, I get discouraged that there is so little passion for a fully devoted life.

In examining a statement by Benjamin Franklin, I began to see more clearly the weakness in my thinking. “People are best convinced by reasons they themselves discover.” I cannot transfer my relationship with Christ to another, nor can you. It is possible for others to see a brand of Christianity in my life that works, and God can certainly use me to influence them on their journey. But to think that others will be convinced just because they hear me say words like “prayer works”, or “you can tithe and trust God with your money”, or “give thanks in everything” sounds more like my truth, and not His truth.

Benjamin Franklin told us that individuals are convinced by reasons they personally discover.  But life has taught me that I am not the great convincer. So how do I (or we) deal with this when in the most critical of issues such as life, death and eternity, it is imperative for everyone to be convinced of the truth. I believe the answer is in acknowledging that we have not been created or called to be the great convincer.  My purpose is to reflect my Creator, and live a life that points others to Him. If you have ears that are listening and eyes that are open to His Word, you will be convinced, and radically changed.

If you are a fully devoted follower: keep believing, growing and see God’s blessing!
If you are in Christ, but hurting: by faith, go to the Word and just trust it!
If you are in Christ, but drifting: commit by faith to try the Word with a new zeal!
If you are searching for answers: seek Him through His Word!

Psalm 19:7-11
The law the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; by keeping them there is great reward.

Our hope for eternity is found in Christ. Joyful living is possible for Christ followers. Open your heart to the reality that God has a design for your life. He has provided us with His Word and within it you can discover hope if you need it, and joy for your journey. My role is to simply point you to the place where you can discover what the only and true Convincer has for you.

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