Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Miracle; Martyr

Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.  Ephesians 4:24 (NLT)
Throughout the New Testament it is clear that our model for life is the life of Jesus.  We are called to be like him; we are chosen to follow Jesus’ ways and character; to be transformed into His image.  I see that in two pictures:

Jesus was a miracle and He wants that for us too

Jesus' resurrection was a miracle of God.  The only way we can be like Him is to follow in His steps.  Some have said that the age of miracles is done.  That is categorically untrue!  The greatest miracle of all is when God, in response to our childlike faith, reaches down and saves a human soul. 

The Bible says that you can have that if you will accept it (Romans 10:9-10).  Jesus offers it as a free gift.  His offer to anyone is the miracle of faith, with which you may believe, and receive eternal life.

Jesus was a martyr and we also must give ourselves

Being a miracle is one thing -- martyrdom is quite another. 

But Jesus said we would be martyrs (Acts 1:8).  The word "witness" comes from the Greek base "martus."  It means to spread the word (see John 12:17).  To be a Biblical martyr is to share the good news with others.  That is what Jesus did.  That is how we can be like Him.

About being like Jesus (following Him)

I still have relatives in my home state of New York.  We moved south of the Mason-Dixon Line almost forty years ago; some changes are noticeable.  After 5 or 6 years of living in Florida, I called my New York cousin to chat.  It had been a year since we'd heard each other.  I thought:  My word, he sounds like a Yankee!  I was just about to remark about his "accent" when he blurted out, "Y'know, Rus, youse is stawtin' ta tawk funny." 

That conversation turned on a light switch in my brain, and I realized that some changes had taken place.  I said things like some of my native neighbors.  And those neighbors had begun to lose their accents and speak correctly!

When you stay close to Jesus – and remember what He did for you – you will begin to be like Him.  It happens mostly without flashes of lightning and dramatic announcements.  You just grow alike.

There is only one requirement in all this.  In order to be a martyr (martus, witness), you first have to be a miracle you have to be raised from the dead. 

For You, Today

Have you had your miracle?  Has Christ come within?
And if so…are you being his martus?

You’ve been raised from the dead; spread that news!

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