If you don't know much about the book or the author then you are able to get a recommendation from someone you may have previously heard of.
Reference: v.24 Remember to extol his work, which people have praised in song. (NIV Bible)
Explore: If you look at the back of a book you will often find that the publisher has added some quotes from other well-known people or publications. A book on health may have a comment from a respected doctor, a Christian book may have a quote from a successful pastor and a biography may have a reference from someone famous in their particular field. If you don't know much about the book or the author then you are able to get a recommendation from someone you may have previously heard of. There is a saying around Christian circles that ‘You may be the only Bible someone ever reads'. This means that a lot of people will never actually pick up the Bible and read about God and so you can live your life so that people can get an understanding of God just by watching you. In other words, you are the recommendation on the back of the ‘book'.
Application: If that is the case then we need to acknowledge God in what we do in our lives. If people are looking at us as their God-recommendation then we need to be noting where God is at work in our lives. It's no good for someone to write a recommendation on the back of a book that they haven't read. In the same way, if people are looking to us as a Christian example then we need to be learning how to be the best example that we can.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for loving us so much. May we acknowledge you in our lives and point others towards you. Amen.
How does your life speak out a recommendation of God?
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.