Lives That Speak God’s Message

October 3, 2020

10 Because you have kept my command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come on the whole world to test those who live on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown.

Revelation 3:10-11

Written by Janet Waters from the Brentwood Campus

Saint Francis of Assisi once invited a young monk to join him on a trip to town to preach. Honored to have received the invitation, the young monk readily accepted. All day long he and Francis walked through the streets, byways, alleys, and even the suburbs. They rubbed shoulders with hundreds of people. At the day’s end, the two headed back home. Not even once had Francis addressed a crowd, nor had he talked to anyone about the gospel.

Greatly disappointed, his young companion said, “I thought we were going to town to preach.” Francis responded, “My son, we have preached. We were preaching while we were walking. We were seen by many, and our behavior was closely watched. It is of no use to walk anywhere to preach unless we preach everywhere as we walk!”

We preach the message through our lives every day. This passage is about a church that had very little, but made what it did have count. In doing so, they lived a life that showed the love of Jesus to their community.

For us:

  1. Jesus said, “I have placed an open door before you.” We have the opportunity to continue in service, regardless of local opposition.
  2. Let our lives, and then our mouths, speak the words of our message, our hope, and our reward.
  3. Go forth with the Word of God in our hearts and on our lips.

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. Are you surrounded with others who are passionate about Disciples Making Disciples?
  2. God didn’t give us His Word for our benefit only, but to share with the world.
  3. Tell the world that Jesus saves!

Loosely based on sermon by James Galbraith; First Baptist Church, Port Alberni; October 4, 2009

Family Activity
Before you begin the Bible study with your family, ask them to go and find their most prized possession. After the study is over, ask them about their objects and why those things are so important. Remind them that Scripture says, “Hold onto what you have, so that no one takes your crown”. What crown is the Bible talking about? How is that “crown” more important than anything, even their most prized possessions?

Pray Acts 1:8 over your family members today. Pray that each of them will respond to God’s call on their lives to know Him. Pray that each of them would be moved each day to follow Jesus and share Him with the people around them.

Missions Prayer
Pray Acts 1:8 over your family members today. Pray that each of them will respond to God’s call on their lives to know Him. Pray that each of them would be moved each day to follow Jesus and share Him with the people around them.

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