Not That Pretty and Not Always Lovely

Screenshot_2016-04-05-00-54-55(1) (1)He Was Born to Die For the Sins of the World

The Bible provides an accurate, detailed picture of Jesus’ life from beginning to end. We have biblical facts and personal testimonies throughout the pages of the Bible that confirm why He came, why he shed his blood on the cross for sinful mankind and affirms that He is the Savior of the world; (1st John 4:14).

  1. He came to save sinners from sins’ death penalty; (John 10:10).
  2. He came for the sick and to call the unrighteous to repentance; (Luke 5:31). He came to bring a sword; (Matt. 10:34-36).
  3. A sword divides and severs; this is also a part of the cost of discipleship; (Luke 9:62).
  4. The Bible is also referred to as a sword; it is a spiritual weapon that all Christians are to equip themselves with in preparation for spiritual battles; (Eph. 6:18).
  5. The Prince of Peace came to bring peace and reconcile man with God. Although there is still conflict between good and evil, believers are at peace with all men; (Isa. 9:6).
  6. He was born to die for the sins of the entire world; (1st Peter 3:18).

All of these facts point to the reason Jesus came to the earth. The entire Bible is a testimony of His birth, ministry, sacrifice, death, burial, and resurrection. The Bible points to Jesus as God, Messiah, and Savior. As we are serving in ministry, there will be times when we, too, will encounter times when things won’t be pretty or lovely. We will be rejected, persecuted, mistreated, lied and put out of place. Jesus told us that these things happened to Him and will happen to us.

There will be times that we won’t look so pretty as well. After Jesus suffered, he wasn’t pretty or lovely because His skin was ripped off. I’m not saying that our skin will be ripped off. But, we may have to do a bit of suffering and sacrificing ourselves for the sake of the Gospel. We may have to go without the luxuries and make sacrifices that others may eat and drink, not only spiritual food but also natural food. So, we should not consider it strange when fiery trials come upon us. They are sure to challenge us, but the process produces spiritual growth.

My Personal Testimony

Recently, the Lord allowed me to witness to a lovely Asian woman. I stopped by her workplace to have a service performed. We conversed for a little bit, but in between the pauses, I could hear a radio playing Christian music in the background. I seized the opportunity by asking if she was a Christian. She replied, “Yes, I am.” I told her the music prompted me to ask the question. During our conversation, she asked me what church I attended. Being a new resident of Virginia, I told her that I’ve been visiting Churches in the Virginia Beach area, and I had not chosen one yet as my church home. She was looking for a place to worship in the area as well.

During my next visit, I gave her a pamphlet from the previous church I visited. This church was multi-cultural which was her preference. After viewing the brochure, with excitement, she said, “This is beautiful! Look at all the happy people, this is what I am looking for. Friendly and happy people, that’s what I want.” I told her that they let you know that you are welcome to attend this service there.

I left her with the pamphlet and with high hopes of becoming a member of this loving church. She seemed very interested in worshiping there and fulfilling her hopes to further her walk with Christ. I give all credit to God for placing me on the path to visit this lovely woman’s establishment and for allowing me to be a witness for Him.

The truth of the Christian faith is universally applicable to all people. I encourage you to step out in faith and seize every opportunity to be a witness to those whom God places on your path. Don’t let the outer appearance of man hinder your walk with Christ. Look for opportunities to speak on Christ’s behalf. Christianity is a religion for all of mankind. Tell others what Christ has done for you and how your relationship with Him has changed your entire life. Lead others into a loving, growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

May God bless you with the riches of His grace. Amen.

 

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*Source: The Holy Bible

*None of the photos used belong to Jeanie Martin Ministries.

 

 

 

 

 


4 thoughts on “Not That Pretty and Not Always Lovely

  1. Such a relevant post and timely too! Especially when almost daily I run across people on Instagram bickering over whether Jesus was white or black, or accusing us of worshipping some invisible white man in the sky, or even if Jesus even existed. Too many people equate the real personification of Jesus with the story of Cesare Borgia and use that as a reason to reject Christ and his divinity. Just because some have corrupted the truth of who He looked like or His existence does not negate His truth and holiness. Thank you for this my friend. 🙏🏽

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    1. Hi Greggy! I agree with your comment. It is exactly the point that I was making concerning what is important and what isn’t concerning the gospel message. I am so glad that you recognize Jesus for His mission. May you continue growing in wisdom and gaining understanding in the holy things of God.

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