The Proof

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Proof.

In a court of law, it’s the difference between guilt and innocence.  We use our senses to analyze the data, to determine the validity of the evidence at hand.  And rightly so.  What we can see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears is truth right?  Any atheist would argue against the existence of a God using this train of thought.  But you can also show that God is real using this thinking as well.

How did early Christianity spread?  In an age where the internet and twitter and Bible reference books didn’t exist, how was it possible for the message of Jesus to spread so quickly?  The proof is in the evidence.  In Acts 4:32-35, we read of the kind of lives early Christians lived.

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all  that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales  and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

You see, our lives and how we live them is proof of God and his love for us.  When your life has been touched by Jesus, when your faith has grown by witnessing his goodness, you can’t help but want to live a life that glorifies Him.  The best evidence we can provide to show we are a follower of Christ is to realize that this world is not our home.  We should live as strangers to the world, living a life that others could not possibly miss.

While some believe that a bigger church building or flashy preaching and programs bring in the lost, the early church relied on the simple gospel message and living how Jesus taught them to live.  It had an amazing impact then and it will still bring people to Christ now.

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.  Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

(Colossians 3:12-17)

-Joe

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