Changed Lives

This is probably the strongest argument for proof of the resurrection. The changed lives of the disciples prove that Jesus resurrected. At the death of Christ, the disciples fled puzzled because they were expecting Jesus to be their new political ruler to overtake Rome, yet later after the resurrection, they were empowered with the Holy Spirit to be bold witnesses of this resurrection. (Matt 28:19, Acts 2:4) They went out and turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). At their first outreach, Peter stood up with boldness and preached to thousands. (Acts 2: 14–41) Being eyewitnesses brought them assurance of the reality of the resurrection and it also brought them confidence to step out by faith into the opposition that the religious rulers had waiting for them.

As you witness to your friends, be sure to use your own personal testimony telling them how God changed your life. No one can argue about what God has done in your life.

In Acts 26, King Agrippa could not argue with Paul about what God did in Paul’s life. King Agrippa’s only response was, “In a short time you will persuade me to become a Christian.”

Salt Packets

For lunch, we entered a fast food drive thru. After ordering, I had to repeat half of it again. The muffled voice from the intercom gives me the total of thirteen dollars and some change. Obviously, he missed it when I said twice that I had a coupon for buy a combo get a combo free. He said it would be fixed by time I drive up to the second window. Once we arrived, the food and drinks were there and ready, now with the proper total. I hear a voice behind the glass asking if I want condiments, so I asked for ketchup. After testing a French fry, I asked for some salt also. I don’t know if the young man was upset that I asked for salt or that the average person in Kansas City uses two dozen packets of salt for their burger and fries, but I was now about to be given a huge handful of salt packets. As he transferred them from his hand to mine, they were overflowing out of my hand and I am sure that I dropped a few just trying to get them in the vehicle. I laid them on the console and just stared at them in amazement. Out of curiosity, I had to count them. ……..seventeen????? Who in the world uses seventeen packets of salt at one sitting? If a person had a regular habit of using that many per meal, I am sure that he would not live very long. Just guessing, but I am sure that when I sell my Suburban years down the road, the new owner will find some of these salt packets scattered about in it.

Paul talks about our speech being seasoned with salt in Colossians 4:6. He wanted the Colossian Christians to be kind to the “outsiders” (non-Christians) and to use every opportunity to reach them. The Colossian Christians needed to be kind to the outsiders; for I am sure they had a lot of questions, wondering why they are no longer attending the temple services. This would be an opportunity to preach Christ. They must not be disengaged with their city, but to be relevant, interesting, and kind in their speech and conduct as they live among the outsiders.

Sadly, some Christians have no contact with non-Christians. Now I am not saying to go and hang out at the bars with them and do all of the evil things that they do. I have heard it said that there are two types of friends: asset and liability friends. The liability friends are the ones that are living worldly. They need a solid role model to look at and plus befriending them gives you an opportunity to witness to them. Liability friends are not the ones that you go to for advice, because they do not know God’s word. An asset friend is one that is walking close to God. He/she is loyal, trustworthy, and will give you Godly advice.

When I worked as an account manager, I had many liability friends. I would not hang out with them in the bars or act like them, but I would get interested in things that they were interested in. I had one friend that was very interested in guns (scary interested). So I would do some research and the next time I would see him, I would tell him about this gun that I seen. He would not talk much, but when I came around, he would open up and talk a lot. I did this with many others. Topics ranged from remodeling, working out, hunting, hot rods, just to name a few. Many of these liability friends came to me for advice and I had the opportunity to point them to Christ. A few were saved, the rest at least had a seed planted or watered.

Be sure to reach out to your “outsiders” in your sphere of influence. Be kind to them and use every opportunity to point them to Christ. By making them your liability friends, they may be eternally grateful for it.

Oh yeah! If you need some salt packets, be sure to look me up.