“We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed.” (Joshua 2:10)
Back in the time when the Old Testament was written, there weren’t news outlets; CNN, MSBNC, and FoxNews didn’t exist. Word simply spread by being passed audibly from person to person. What’s remarkable is that news of what God did among the Israelites didn’t just stay within the ranks of the Israelites. God was developing a bit of a reputation, and neighboring people were learning about this God who had chosen Israel to be His people.
Just as word spread about God in the past, it spreads about Him now. Sometimes that news is good, and sometimes it’s not. For instance, whenever a group of supposed Christians behaves in a way that is very un-Christlike (we all know it happens), God gets a black eye. Likewise, when a group gathers around who Jesus Christ is and truly allows Him to change their lives, news travels. When God, by His Holy Spirit, makes His presence known in such situations, people do hear about it.
The question is: what kind of follower will you be? One who contributes to God’s black eye in our culture? Or one who helps to reveal what a truly great God He is?
Lord, I want to be a vibrant follower of You. I don’t want to pick and choose which of Your principles I am going to live by; I want to please you wholly with my life. Please give me wisdom with how I live. Work through me by Your Spirit so people will see what an amazing God You are.