“16 When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realised that this work had been done with the help of our God.” NIV
This is what we want is it not? For the world to look at the church and be able to say, ‘This is the finger of God.’ What they are seeing, as they peer in, is more than a natural, human institution. There has to be a God to explain what is going on.
The wall had lain in ruins for almost 150 years; it was rebuilt in fifty two days. This was clearly due to more than great leadership and strenuous effort. It was a work of God.
What may be applied to the church community can also be applicable to individual Christians. I think about the author, Edgar Wallace, referring to a sincere Christian man who lived in his street. Apparently he said, ‘As long as I live in the same street as that man, I cannot doubt that there is a God.’
What a testimony to carry in the world. I often pray for Jilly and myself, and our home, that we will bear the ‘’aroma’’ of Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14ff); that we will ‘smell’ of Jesus; that His fragrance may be upon us:
‘To me, ‘twas not the truth you taught, to you so clear, to me so dim; but when you came to me, you brought a sense of Him
And from your eyes He beckons me, and from your heart His love is shed; till I lose sight of you, and see the Christ instead.’
PRAYER: Lord, may people in the world come to believe in you because they see your work in the church; may my friends, neighbours, relatives, colleagues come to believe in Jesus because they see Him in me.