Not That Pretty and Not Always Lovely

Screenshot_2016-04-05-00-54-55(1) (1)He Was Born to Die For the Sins of the World

The Bible provides an accurate detailed picture of Jesus’ life from beginning to end. We have biblical facts and personal testimonies throughout the pages of the Bible which confirms the reason that He came, why he shed his blood on the cross for sinful mankind, and confirms that He is the Savior of the world; (1st John 4:14).

  1. He came to save sinners from sins death penalty; (John 10:10).
  2. He came for the sick; and to call the unrighteous to repentance; (Luke 5:31).
  3. He came to bring a sword; (Matt. 10:34-36). A sword divides and severs, this is also a part of the cost of discipleship; (Luke 9:62).
  4. The Bible is also referred to as a sword; it is a spiritual weapon that all Christians are to equip themselves with in preparation for spiritual battles; (Eph. 6:18).
  5. The Prince of Peace came to bring peace and to reconcile man with God. Although there is still conflict between good and evil, believers are to be at peace with all men; (Isa. 9:6).
  6. He was born to die for the sins of the entire world; (1st Peter 3:18).

All of these facts point to the reason Jesus came to the earth. The entire Bible is a testimony of His birth, ministry, sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection. The Bible points to Jesus as God, Messiah and Savior. As we are serving in ministry, there will be times when we too will encounter times when things won’t be pretty or lovely. We will be rejected, persecuted, mistreated, lied on, and put out of places. Jesus told us that these things happened to Him and they will happen to us.

There will be times that we won’t look so pretty as well. After Jesus suffered he wasn’t  pretty or lovely, His skin was ripped off. I’m not saying that our skin will be ripped off. But, we may have to do a bit of suffering, and sacrificing of ourselves for the sake of the Gospel. We may have to go without the luxuries, make sacrifices that others may eat and drink, not only spiritual food but natural food. We should not consider it strange when fiery trials come upon us. They are sure to challenge us, but doing the process we are growing spiritually.

My Personal Testimony

Previous to writing this article, the Lord give me the opportunity to witness to an lovely Asian woman. I have had many opportunities to witness to people of my own nationality, but this time the opportunity presented itself and I did not let it pass me by. I stopped by her work place because I needed a service done. We conversed for a little bit, but in between the pauses, I heard a radio playing Christian music in the background. I grasped the opportunity to witness to her by asking if she was a Christian. She replied, “Yes, I am.” I told her the music is what prompted me to ask the question. During our conversation she asked me what church I attended. As a new resident to Virginia, I told her that I’ve been visiting Churches in the Virginia Beach area, and I had not chosen one yet as my church home. She was looking for a place to worship in the Virginia Beach area as well.

The next time I returned to her establishment, I gave her a pamphlet from one of the churches that I had previously visited. It was a multi-cultural church, and previously she mentioned that that was her preference. As she was looking through the pamphlet, with excitement in her voice she said, “This is beautiful, look at all the happy people! This is what I am looking for. All people, looking very happy and very friendly, that’s what I want.” I told her that during my visit there, I was welcome to be in attendance with this friendly church.

I left her with the pamphlet and with high hopes of becoming a member of this loving church. I felt as though she was very interested in worshiping there, fulfilling her hopes to further her walk with Christ. I give all credit to God for placing me on the path to visit this lovely woman’s establishment and for allowing me to be a witness for Him.

The truth of the Christian faith is universally applicable to all people. I encourage you to step out in faith and seize every opportunity to be a witness to those whom God places on your path. Don’t let the outer appearance of man hinder your walk with Christ. Look for opportunities to speak on Christ behalf. Christianity is a religion for all of mankind. Tell others of what Christ has done for you, and how your relationship with Him has changed your entire life. Lead others into a loving, growing relationship with Jesus Christ. May God richly bless you.

 

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*Source: The Holy Bible; *None of the photo’s used belong to me.

 

 

 

 

 


4 thoughts on “Not That Pretty and Not Always Lovely

  1. Such a relevant post and timely too! Especially when almost daily I run across people on Instagram bickering over whether Jesus was white or black, or accusing us of worshipping some invisible white man in the sky, or even if Jesus even existed. Too many people equate the real personification of Jesus with the story of Cesare Borgia and use that as a reason to reject Christ and his divinity. Just because some have corrupted the truth of who He looked like or His existence does not negate His truth and holiness. Thank you for this my friend. 🙏🏽

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    1. Hi Greggy! I agree with your comment. It is exactly the point that I was making concerning what is important and what isn’t concerning the gospel message. I am so glad that you recognize Jesus for His mission. May you continue growing in wisdom and gaining understanding in the holy things of God.

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