Why It’s Important to Be an Example of Christ to Your Family – Remember the Purpose

Remember the Purpose

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Romans 8:29

 

The nineteenth-century historian Thomas Carlyle wrote that “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder—a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your work as God has given you.” Simply stated, God created man for a purpose.

That purpose was revealed immediately at the dawn of creation. Man was to be an earthly steward of God, being a caretaker of creation and filling the earth with people who reflect His glory. But when sin disrupted God’s narrative, an additional purpose was added: populating heaven with people who reflect the image of Jesus Christ. Christians are part of the Church, the Bride of Christ, and are called to fulfill Christ’s own purpose of bringing “many sons to glory” (Hebrews 2:10). As marriages are called to exemplify the relationship between Christ and His Church, one of the purposes of marriage is to serve Christ’s calling and commission.

As well as for procreation, companionship, and edification, another purpose of marriage is to participate in the purposes of Christ the Lord.

A Single Thought: Each of us has a purpose that only we can fulfill—a specific role originated by God and designed for His glory. 

 


Why It’s Important to Be an Example of Christ to Your Family

 

But it is also possible to show others the effect Christ’s love has had in your life, as it has given you a sense of peace that will shine through in social interactions.

Graham cites John 13:35, which reads: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” as evidence of how Christ’s love can be shared with others.

With these tips in mind, Graham encourages all Christians to pray that God will help them spread His love to their family members.

“Some in your extended family may already love God — and He can use you to encourage them. Some may be seeking God, or wondering what the future holds for them — and He can use you to point them to Jesus. And some may have no interest in Christ or may even scorn you — but God can still use you to plant seeds of faith in their hearts,” the evangelical leader concludes.

Along with evangelizing to your family members, Graham has also spoken on the importance of evangelizing on a global scale, writing in a previous blog post that missionaries “are needed today more than ever.”

But it is also possible to show others the effect Christ’s love has had in your life, as it has given you a sense of peace that will shine through in social interactions.

Graham cites John 13:35, which reads: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” as evidence of how Christ’s love can be shared with others.

With these tips in mind, Graham encourages all Christians to pray that God will help them spread His love to their family members.

“Some in your extended family may already love God — and He can use you to encourage them. Some may be seeking God, or wondering what the future holds for them — and He can use you to point them to Jesus. And some may have no interest in Christ or may even scorn you — but God can still use you to plant seeds of faith in their hearts,” the evangelical leader concludes.

Along with evangelizing to your family members, Graham has also spoken on the importance of evangelizing on a global scale, writing in a previous blog post that missionaries “are needed today more than ever.”

But it is also possible to show others the effect Christ’s love has had in your life, as it has given you a sense of peace that will shine through in social interactions.

Graham cites John 13:35, which reads: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” as evidence of how Christ’s love can be shared with others.

With these tips in mind, Graham encourages all Christians to pray that God will help them spread His love to their family members.

“Some in your extended family may already love God — and He can use you to encourage them. Some may be seeking God, or wondering what the future holds for them — and He can use you to point them to Jesus. And some may have no interest in Christ or may even scorn you — but God can still use you to plant seeds of faith in their hearts,” the evangelical leader concludes.

Along with evangelizing to your family members, Graham has also spoken on the importance of evangelizing on a global scale, writing in a previous blog post that missionaries “are needed today more than ever.”

God has given you the opportunity to be an example of Christ in your family and you must take advantage of such an chance, the Rev. Billy Graham says.

Graham, founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said on his “My Answers” column on the organization’s website Tuesday that Christians should consider their relationship with God as a gift that needs to be shared with others, instead of being embarrassed of their faith around non-religious family members.

The 97-year-old evangelical leader writes that Christians should see their faith “not as a burden but as a God-given opportunity — an opportunity He is giving you to influence your family for good.”

It is possible to express your religion to your relatives without coming off as overbearing, negative or self-righteous, Graham adds, as such an approach usually “turns people away from Christ instead of toward Him.”

But it is also possible to show others the effect Christ’s love has had in your life, as it has given you a sense of peace that will shine through in social interactions.

Graham cites John 13:35, which reads: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” as evidence of how Christ’s love can be shared with others.

With these tips in mind, Graham encourages all Christians to pray that God will help them spread His love to their family members.

“Some in your extended family may already love God — and He can use you to encourage them. Some may be seeking God, or wondering what the future holds for them — and He can use you to point them to Jesus. And some may have no interest in Christ or may even scorn you — but God can still use you to plant seeds of faith in their hearts,” the evangelical leader concludes.

Along with evangelizing to your family members, Graham has also spoken on the importance of evangelizing on a global scale, writing in a previous blog post that missionaries “are needed today more than ever.”

“… some countries are now open to the Gospel that were closed only 15 or 20 years ago, and opportunities for evangelism and service in those nations have exploded. In addition, churches in those countries often need training and other skills that only missionaries can supply,” Graham adds.

Chuck Lawless, who serves as professor of evangelism and missions and dean of graduate studies at Southeastern Seminary, said in an op-ed for The Christian Post that there are several reasons as to why Christians might be hesitant to evangelize.

Among the nine reasons he cited, Lawless mentions the fact that the “fear of the unknown” might prevent Christians from evangelizing.

“You’ve probably heard fears expressed: ‘He might not listen to me.’ ‘What if doing this costs me my friend?’ ‘She might ask me questions I can’t answer.’ ‘They might reject what I say.’

“Most of these fears, I believe, are more perceived than real in North American culture, but perception matters,” Lawless writes.

Another reason Christians might avoid evangelism is because they are not frequently surrounded by nonreligious people.

“Many church members are so cocooned in the Church world that they couldn’t list several names of non-believers they know well. If our whole world revolves around hanging out with Christians, we’re not likely to do evangelism,” Lawless says.

 

BY KATHERINE WEBER
http://www.christianpost.com/news/billy-graham-why-its-important-to-be-an-example-of-christ-to-your-family-164537

What Hinders Us?

Hebrews 12:1-3

Because the heavenly Father has complete knowledge and wisdom, He knows exactly how each one of His children is to live. (See Rom. 11:33.) We, however, sometimes struggle in trying to figure it out.

Doubt can cause us to miss what God has planned for our life. We wonder whether He is really interested in our problems and question His solutions.

Feeling unworthy will also cause us to stumble. Look what happens when God reveals wonderful scenarios for our future. Thinking we are undeserving, we refuse to believe Him.

Busyness often leads to drifting from godly ways. Because we are too tied up in other things, we stop asking what God wants for us, and we make mistakes. In so doing, we miss His will for us.

Fear comes in two forms to trip us up. One is our anxiety that God might ask us to do something we don’t want to do. The other is our apprehension that we will fail at whatever He gives us to accomplish. Both kinds of disquiet cloud our judgment and hinder our ability to understand and follow His plan.

Willful sin persisting in thoughts or actions even when we know they’re wrong by the Lord’s standards—prevents us from living in the center of God’s purposes. Our holy Father will not tolerate such sin.

Replace these five obstacles with the following truths. The cross of Christ reveals both God’s trustworthiness and our worth in His eyes. It establishes Jesus’ importance in our life, emphasizes the perfection of God’s plans, and points to our freedom from the bondage of sin.

Never Too Late

“And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43)

One of the two thieves on the cross continued in unbelief right up until the time he died (Luke 23:39), but the second repented and believed unto salvation. The one assures us that no one need despair, since it is always possible to accept Christ at any time before death. The other warns us, on the other hand, that no one should presume. Long-continued rebellion against God is likely to become so fixed in one’s character that sincere repentance may become impossible.

The repentant thief, beholding Christ and hearing the first of the seven so-called “words from the cross” (Luke 23:34), came to believe that Jesus truly was Lord and that He could, indeed, grant forgiveness and salvation.

The penitent thief had no opportunity to be baptized, to change his lifestyle, or to do anything whatever except repent, believe on Christ, and confess his faith (Romans 10:9-10). And that was sufficient!

Both thieves would die that day, and the soul of the unrepentant thief would soon descend into Hades, there to await condemnation at the future judgment day. The other, because of his trust in Christ, would go with Him to paradise.

The tragedy is that far too many people, assuring themselves that it is never too late, keep waiting until it becomes forever too late! “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). The overwhelming majority of people who come to trust in Christ for salvation do so when they are young. Very few come to the Lord when they are old or about to die. “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). HMM

I Change Not

For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. —Malachi 3:6

To announce that you’re going to speak on the immutability of God is almost like putting up a sign saying, “There’ll be no service here tonight!” Nobody wants to hear anybody talk about it, I suppose. But when it’s explained, you’ll find you’ve struck gold and diamonds, milk and honey.

Now the word immutable, of course, is the negative of mutable. And mutable is from the Latin, meaning “subject to change.” Mutation is a word we often use to mean “a change in form, nature or substance.” Immutability, then, means “not subject to change.”…

Now there is in God no mutation possible. As it says in James, “with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17)—there is no variation due to change. And there is also that verse in Malachi: “I am the LORD [Jehovah], I change not” (3:6)….

Incidentally, He’s the only One in the universe that can say that. And He did say it! He simply says that He never changes, that there is no change possible in God. God never differs from Himself. If you get ahold of this, it can be to you an anchor in the storm, a hiding place in danger. There is no possibility of changing in God. And God never differs from Himself.

Thank You, Father, that despite my ever-changing world You are ever constant, my anchor in the storm. Amen.

Met The Humble Place?

All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility. (1 Peter 5:5)

I have met two classes of Christians; the proud who imagine they are humble, and the humble who are afraid they are proud!

There should be another class: the self-forgetful men and women who leave the whole thing in the hands of Christ and refuse to waste any time trying to make themselves good. They will reach the goal far ahead of the rest.

The truly humble person does not expect to find virtue in himself, and when he finds none he is not disappointed. He knows that any good deed he may do is the result of God’s working within him.

When this belief becomes so much a part of any man or woman that it operates as a kind of unconscious reflex, he or she is released from the burden of trying to live up to the opinion they hold of themselves. They can relax and count upon the Holy Spirit to fulfill the moral law within them.

Let us never forget that the promises of God are made to the humble: the proud man by his pride forfeits every blessing promised to the lowly heart, and from the hand of God he need expect only justice!

We may not set a bound to the Lord

Moreover, we may not refuse reliance upon God on the ground of our insignificance; for it is not conceivable that anything can be too little for God. The wonders of the microscope are quite as remarkable as those of the telescope; we may not set a bound to the Lord in one direction any more than in the other. He can and will show his divine skill in a man’s life, as well as in a planet’s circuit.

Witnesses are alive to testify to the Lord’s making bare his arm on the behalf of them that trust him. Any man may also put the principle to the test in his own instance; and it is memorable that none have done so in vain.