Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014 … Gospel Megaphones

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2014 - Day 303

Devotional Song: Go to this link  … Please take the time to take in the lyrics and hear Steve Green singing the powerful song Find Us Faithful. loudly and clearly proclaiming what should be the reality of our lives as Christians, living faithfully in and for our Lord

Highlight Passage - NKJV 2nd Corinthians 4: 7
  7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.
Highlight Context - NKJV: 2nd Corinthians 3: 17 - 4: 7 [NKJV] … GO TO THIS LINK   Paul’s exhortation for Christians to become vessels for the Gospel

Reference Passage #1… Acts 17: 16-34 — GO TO THIS LINK   … Paul clearly proclaims the Gospel to the Greeks on Mars Hill

Reference Passage #2… Ephesians 4: 1-3 — GO TO THIS LINK  … Paul to Christians about living to proclaim the Gospel of Christ

Reference Passage #3… 1st Thessalonians 3: 10-13  … Paul to Christians about living to proclaim the Gospel of Christ

My Journal for Today: Today’s Our Daily Bread devotional entry, authored by David McCasland, illustrates a principle from Pauline teaching about how Christians should become “megaphones” for the Gospel in this world. And McCasland uses a modern invention which uses an old principle to get this point across.

 Christopher Locke has developed and old idea to amplify the sound of modern smart phones so that the music they play can be magnified by old instruments in a work of art. He buys old trumpets, trombones, and other horned instruments; and as can be seen in the attached photo, Locke turns the horns into works of art which amplify the music from a smartphone to play the music with sound quality even better than the electronic speaker systems which are sold these days to do the same thing.

 And the Apostle Paul, in the highlight and reference passages above, was trying to get Christians of his day to do much the same thing with the Gospel message of Christ. He wanted Christians to let their lives to loudly and clearly proclaim the message of the gospel as they lived out their transformed lives for Christ. Certainly that’s what Paul modeled himself as he was a megaphone for Christ, speaking clearly and loudly to those who heard him preaching the Gospel to the Greeks on Mars Hill in Athens [see Acts 17: 16-34 linked above] and everywhere he went on his missionary journeys.

 In other words, we should become clear and resounding “megaphones” for the Gospel as we live, move and have our being in this world. And if you take in the images and messages from God’s word copied/linked above, I think you’ll be more convicted than ever that our lives, which have been (should have been) transformed by God’s Spirit, should be megaphones for the gospel of Christ.

My Prayer for Today … Lord; … may we live to proclaim You loudly into the din of evil which is this world. … Amen

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