"Sharing The Gospel" - Steve Wiggins Special Devotional Series
Sharing Your Faith: G-d's STANDARD
Recently, we reviewed the 10 Commandments and I shared them as I teach my children to know them. Perhaps, it was the first time anyone challenged you to memorize the 10 commandments. But WHY is it important that we know them? It is because the 10 Commandments are G_d’s standard for the World to live and worship. Consider a verse we learned a few days ago:
“For ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of G_d. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Messiah Yeshua.” Romans 3:23-24
As we set-out to learn to share the gospel, it helps to remind people that there is a CREATOR and He has articulated His STANDARD for His creation (us). Furthermore, we have all fallen short of that standard. It helps to quote the commandments…make people aware of G_d’s standard. And ask people if they have ever broken even ONE of them. Then ask them to consider these verses:
“Be perfect, therefore, as your Father in Heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48
“For whoever keeps the entire law, yet fails in one point, is guilty of breaking it all.” James 2:10
“The L_rd is slow to anger and rich in faithful love, forgiving wrongdoing and rebellion. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished…” Numbers 14:18a
The idea we are trying to communicate is that EVERYONE has sinned and everyone needs salvation. That is the human dilemma.
SO, in addition to committing these (above) verses to memory, make sure that you also KNOW the 10 Commandments, by heart. Here is a quick review:
1st COMMANDMENT: Hold-up your pointer finger. Look at your finger and say, “There is only ONE G_d”
2nd COMMANDMENT: Hold-up two fingers (peace sign). Look at both fingers and say, “If there is only ONE G_d, there shouldn’t be two. I shouldn’t make any more.” (Do not make any idols or graven images)
3rd COMMANDMENT: Hold up three fingers (like a “W” for Wiggins). Say to yourself, “Do not take the L_rd’s name in vain”. (Spiritual Adultery) **Remember Commandment #7
4th COMMANDMENT: Hold up 4 fingers, look at them and say, “Commandment #4: Remember the Sabbath day and set it apart for G_d…’cause that’s what it’s there FOUR! (For)”
5th COMMANDMENT: Hold-up one hand, in a “High-Five”, and say, “Honor your father and mother, and you will live long in the land the Lo_d is giving you.” Then, wave your hand down at about knee-level…like you’re spanking a kid! ☺ Because at my house, we got a spanking if we disobeyed mom & dad.
6th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High-Five” in one hand, and hold up the “pointer finger” of the other. Then, point the pointer finger (like a gun) at your best friend and say, “Don’t commit murder!!!”
7th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High Five” in one hand, and a “Peace sign” in the other. Say to yourself, “Don’t commit adultery.” (Relational Adultery) **Remember Commandment #3
8th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High-Five” in one hand, and three fingers of the other hand. Say, “Commandment number 8: I stole the bread and I EIGHT (ate) it! Hide the evidence all you want, but G_d still sees...
9th COMMANDMENT: Hold up a “High-Five” on one hand, and a “High-Four” on the other, and say, “Commandment number Nine: no lying!” “Nine” and “Lying” sort of rhyme…
10th COMMANDMENT: Hold up two “High-Fives”, and say, “Number Ten is the end: We LOVE IT! But we still don’t covet.”
~Steve Wiggins, Associate Leader, Worship Leader
Sunday, January 19, 2014