The Purpose // Bethany Thomas

By December 29, 2018All Posts

Have you ever encountered someone who told you, “I’m not sure I believe in God”? I experienced that very thing this week. Some Christians might think, “Yes! A chance to share Jesus, a chance to bring glory to God!” Because isn’t that the purpose of Christians? All I could think was, “Lord, I’m not worthy.”

 

What I know about God is from the Bible. Everything else: the books, the sermons, the podcasts, is conjecture and opinions. Even this blog post is just one interpretation of what I think God is saying through His Word.

 

This young woman who came to me has been struggling. She was recently baptized, and ever since then the Devil has been prowling closer and closer. He has hurled negative thought after negative though at her. Why? Because she made a public declaration of her decision to follow Christ.

 

My answer to her uncertainty was a question: Do you have a Bible?

 

John 20:31 says,

“But these [signs] are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

John literally tells us from year AD 60 (roughly) that the reason he wrote about Jesus was that we could know who Jesus is: God.

 

All you need to get to know our Father in Heaven is His Word. In Genesis, the beginning- literally – we learn about the Creator (Father). Our Father created us from dust, loved us, and nurtured us. But we messed up and sin came into the world, separating us from Him. From there we read a history that leads us to His divine plan: Jesus.

 

The Bible is also filled with encouragement written by the people who knew God the most: David and Solomon, the authors of Psalms, Proverbs, and Song of Songs. This means it’s both a teacher, pointing us to God, and a comforter, soothing our anxieties and doubts.

 

My plan to help this young girl is to give her a Bible, to plant a seed that may help her years down the road. But guess what. This isn’t about me. It’s about her and God. I may never see a change in this person’s walk with Christ, because I am just one person out of many that God is putting in her life as an encourager.

 

I can wax poetic about the Bible. John even said,

“Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.”
John 21:25

 

Can you imagine everything Jesus did that isn’t in the Bible? There’s so much that we don’t know about our God. But that is what makes this journey of discovering Him so great.

 

As 2018 comes to close, I encourage all of you wonderful daughters of God to learn about God first from the Bible and second from people who help explain the Bible to us. Don’t be afraid to help the people around you get to know God. When in doubt, go to the Bible first and don’t be afraid to tell someone when you are struggling to understand.

 

 

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