The Marks of Royalty
“You know Dave. I’ve been taking evangelical believers around the Holy Land for the last fifteen years. Allon, a close friend encouraged me to do this and do you know why?”
I was interacting with Dov, our Israeli guide who was doing such an incredible job for us on our trip to Israel. “Are they good tippers?” He laughed, but then said, “It’s because it’s like you guys haven’t been taught to criticize and complain. I’ve found, on the whole, your people have a kind, gentle, easy-going spirit, and this makes it a pleasure to lead you.”
Now “evangelicals” through the years have at times not been such good representatives for our Savior and the fact that we believe it’s about a relationship with Him based in personal trust in His Good News and not about religion, ritual, and rules. But it’s important for us to rejoice when the Holy Spirit has generated some of those good works that are supposed to flow from our faith so that a secular Israeli actually sees the love. This is what the Apostle Paul prayed for the Thessalonian believers.
“Since you believed our testimony about Jesus and will be part of his holy people, those who will glorify Him on that day when He returns, we constantly pray for you. We’re praying that our God will count you worthy of His calling and that He might complete every good thing He desires for you and the work that flows from your faith with divine power. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in Him according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10
And LORD, I want to join Paul in praying for all the believers on our trip. May the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives today help us to be patient, kind, and encouraging with all we meet. Help us to have the marks on our lives that show that we are followers of the King of Kings and please take away the veil that makes it tough, especially for Israelis, to accept their fellow Jew, Jesus as Savior and Lord.
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