To Build or to Remain Silent? Build Always.

Psalm 16:1-11 (ESV)

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight. The sorrows of those who run after another god shall multiply; their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out or take their names on my lips. The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot. The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance. I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad, and my whole being rejoices; my flesh also dwells secure. For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your holy one see corruption. You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

This Psalm, written by David, is believed by most Biblical scholars as pertaining to Jesus. The Apostle Peter spoke about part of it pertaining to Jesus in Solomon’s Portico at the Temple. Peter had healed a beggar, and when a crowd assembled, he took advantage and preached the good news.

We should be like Peter. Always looking for an opportunity to share the hope we have in Jesus. If you are worried about not being an evangelist, don’t worry. God can use every one of us. God calls each of us to proclaim the good news, and to disciple others. We will never–on this side of the grave–know the results of what we do. If we live faith-filled lives, and share God’s love with others, God will use us for His glory.

As we spoke yesterday, we all need to be mentored, and to mentor others. This accountability and instruction will help keep us on track, and in turn, keep our next generation of Christians on track as well. There are many Christians, and even denominations which have gone astray from the truth of the Gospel.

God does not need or want us to be eloquent, great speakers, unless He has gifted us with that. Instead He wants us to make a difference right where we live, and by influencing others gently, steadily, toward Him and His love. Just as a builder does not always have the full blueprints, and know how the entire structure will look when finished, we do not see the whole situation when we encounter others. We never know if they are ready for the Gospel or not. All we can do is our part.

Do not worry about the results. That is God’s job. Just share His love.

by Virgil Stripes

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