Convincing people to follow God

If a person has no interest in studying the Bible, and no interest (or fear) about obeying what’s in the Bible, and no sensitivity to hear and follow God within them, and no inclination to talk about God and His ways with others, or no actions to spread God in the world (“Faith without works is dead” James 2:26) … what does that say about the person? It says that they have no relationship with God or any interest in developing one.

Therefore it is the job of us who do have an interest and relationship with God to convince others that this is a good thing to do … nay, the best possible thing to do in this life.

Then it becomes a matter of “discipline” (i.e. being a “disciple”). That is, have you ever forced yourself to do something that you weren’t inclined to do, but then having done it, were really happy that you did because it transformed your experience for the better?

For me in my life, the main transforming things that I’ve done (and continue to do) are to force myself to go to church and study the Bible and develop the skill of listening to God within and join Bible groups and do ministry work. No matter if I have any lethargy regarding those things, once I get the ball rolling, I’m VERY happy that I did. Exhaustion and distraction tend to keep us from exercising those disciplines. And that’s especially true in this busy world, and where electronics have become the modern day Tower of Babel. But here’s what God wants us to do:

Acts 26:15-17, “ ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

But to be motivated to become a servant of Jesus and a witness to others, a person first has to truly discover God and His greatness. That is what would make them enthusiastic about fulfilling that verse.

Towards that end, I’ve written some books to help that. Primarily The PROOF that God Exists and the Bible is True, Why Are We Here?, and How To Directly Experience God. They can be seen at www.LighthouseBooksAndMusic.com.

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