One of the books I am working on while on vacation is called The Face of Grace. I want to share an excerpt from it with you today and give you the opportunity to answer the question: Do you have a face for evangelism?
…Think about it for a minute. What is the facial expression of your faith? What is it when you know God has given you the one thing you need to have “everything that pertains to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1: 3), and because God gives you the one thing, God will give you all things?
How could our face be downcast? How could we look disappointed when God does “more than all we ask or imagine”? (Ephesians 3: 20)
“Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.” (Romans 8: 33) Why do we keep that paranoid look on our face? It is God’s Word that tells us who we are.
Why do we get so defensive and upset when other people say things about us? When Jesus went to the cross, all the insults and accusations that could be leveled against us because of our weakness and sin were borne by him. He bore that weight for us. This is what the word ‘bring any charge’ means. Accusers are calling us on the debt of our sin. But, why should our expression make us look like we’re still guilty and Jesus’ grace and forgiveness doesn’t apply to us?
Is there something we need to confess? Something, for which we need to repent? Then, by all means, let’s make things right with God. But, having done that, don’t let our expression deny the mighty work God has done.
“Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.” (Romans 8: 34)
Why should our face be instead stuck on a look of thanks and joy? Jesus is praying for us. Why should our face be stuck on a look of thanks and joy? We are a blessed people.
There are three things in this one verse that establish that blessing. Jesus died for us. Jesus was raised for us, and Jesus is interceding for us. Ecclesiastes 4: 12 says, “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” No one can undo what God has done for you and me. The added strand of Jesus’ intercession means no one can undo what God is doing for you in the present or will do for you in the future.
Count on it. Let your face show it. God will be with you and together you will overcome…