Making the Gospel Attractive
P. Douglas Small
God’s Word for Today
Read 1 Peter 3:3-4
Thoughts for Today
There was something compelling about Jesus. Something that attracted others to him – something that was intangible. Peter urges women – but the same principle applies to us all, “Do not let your adornment be merely outward…rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (emphasis mine).The high priest wore garments for ‘glory and beauty.’ The Scripture speaks of the ‘beauty of holiness’ – of purity and innocence, of wholeness and unspoiled integrity. It is attractive.
Some police units have learned the importance of taking a chaplain along with them into tense situations. A chaplain’s weapons, it turns out, are more powerful than guns. He can breach an edgy situation, connect with an overwrought person. It isn’t his uniform, but his demeanor, his spirit and heart. In certain situations, a chaplain can disarm someone without a gun, more easily than the person can be taken by force. And so it is with us and the love of God. What the law could not do, love did.
Gospel language alone, without a gospel life – is ineffective as a witness. As someone has said, “Share the gospel as often as you can, and if necessary, use words.” Of course, evangelism demands words. The gospel is news. It demands that the gospel’s propositioned truth be grasped and believed. However, the best evangelism is the good news of God’s grace being shared by a transformed person who imparts hope of change.
It’s Time to Pray
- Ask God to reveal to you anything in your life that might hinder others from choosing to follow Him. Ask Him to enable you to live in such a way that others will want what they see in you.
- Ask God what He wants you to do today to apply what He has revealed. What actions will you take?
Prayer-walk some area that is resistant to the knowledge of God. Intercede for law enforcement officers. Tell an officer, “Thanks for being a minister!” (Rom. 13:1-4)
Pray for an Unreached People Group: Kanjar of India
The Kanjars earned their poor reputation by prostituting their women and engaging in a variety of other illegal and illicit activities. They have earned a bad reputation in God’s eyes by choosing to worship Bhavani and the goddess Prabha. Pray that these activities will end.