Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Using the Wrong Method

A lady had a pet dog that was sick. Every day she tried to force a tablespoon of medicine down its throat, but the dog would always resist and pull away. One day she accidentally knocked over the bottle and the medicine spilled all over the floor. To her surprise, the dog went over to the puddle and started lapping it up! The dog hadn't been resisting the medicine. It was resisting the method that its owner had used--forcing it down its throat.

As Christians, we have the only medicine that is able to save a person's soul and put that person's life back together. Jesus came to bring life and light to people who have no hope. But so often we use the wrong method to get the message across. We try to force it down people's throats instead of presenting it in such a way that they will willingly receive it.

Jesus said, "Let your let shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven" (Matt. 5:16). We can shine our light in the right way or the wrong way. "In such a way" means that we use the right method to present the gospel so that they will be converted. They will see the light in us and say, "I want what you've got!" When we do it the right way, they will "glorify your Father." That means they will receive the message, be converted, and their lives will change so that they will be glorifying God.
To hear the entire message on this subject, go to
"Shining Your Light"