Friday, May 12, 2023
“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9,10 KJV).
Behold, the mighty influence of grace teaching and grace living!
A certain Christian missionary in a foreign land once asked a native man to teach him the language. The native outright refused, arguing, “No, I will not teach you my language, because you would make me a Christian.” Countering, the missionary stated, “You misunderstood me. I only want you to teach me your language.” The native answered, “No, I will not teach you. No man can live with you and not become a Christian.”
They may not like the Scriptures or the Lord Jesus Christ, but non-Christians cannot dispute exemplary living. “And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:9-11). At this point, non-Christians see value in what we believe and do. Again, there is no guarantee they will convert (for they will have to reject the family religion, relatives and friends might disown them, et cetera!), but they will be forced to agree we are not like everyone else. We thus “adorn [beautify, decorate] the doctrine of God our Saviour” (Titus 2:10).
In the words of the Apostle Peter to Israel’s believing remnant: “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation [conduct, manner of living] in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing” (1 Peter 3:15-17).