“Who has believed our message? And to whom is the arm of The Lord revealed?” (Isaiah 53:1)
When I think about what Isaiah was saying about himself and the other true prophets of God, I can’t help but think we are still where they were–who believes us when we tell them about the goodness of God? Who has God really revealed Himself to that any should believe?
Although I may sound a bit redundant (I’m sure I’ve said this before), knowledge of God doesn’t come through religious doctrine; it comes through relationship with Him. If we don’t have a relationship with God, how can we truly tell anyone else about Him? What could we say anything good about Him if He is not active in our lives? Can we convince others to believe God (not in Him) by quoting scriptures? I think not–if that was all it took many more would believe Him. Can we convince others by where we attend worship services? Not so–especially since so many churches are under the gun because of evil influence, starting from the pulpit and inclusive of those standing at the door.
No, the only we can convince anyone to believe God is by sharing what He has done for us and through us and that can only happen when we are in relationship with Him. When we have a relationship with people–especially with those we care about–we seek to do things to please them. When they care about us, they seek to do things to please us. If everyone’s needs are considered and provided for through us or for us, we maintain a good relationship with that person. The same is true of God. When we have a relationship with Him, we want to please Him and when we please Him, He said, “I’ll give you the desires of your heart” (Proverbs 37:4 paraphrased). When people see us living our lives as “living epistles” they may just believe our message. It’s not so much what we say about who we are as it is about how we conduct ourselves; especially among the unbelieving. Has anyone believed your message?
Beginning today, let’s live the message-the good report–that Jesus saves, delivers, heals, forgives, and lives on the inside of us and watch Him reveal Himself to others. Hallelujah! I thank God for saving me!