The editor of the classified ad section of a newspaper noticed the cornerstone of a large cathedral in New York City. She paused to read the words and became intrigued.
Walking into the church, she made her way down the aisle and finally found the pastor’s study. Politely she asked if he had a moment to speak with her.
Seated in front of his desk, she introduced herself and said, “I noticed the words on the cornerstone that quoted the words of Jesus: ‘Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils.’ Do you do those things here?”
“Oh, no,” came the reply. “Years ago, they were placed there because the congregation thought they sounded good.”
“Well,” she replied, “if you don’t do those things, you shouldn’t advertise that you do.”
It is one thing to say that we believe the gospel but quite another thing to show others that we believe the gospel. Often we speak the words of the Bible as citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven but do not live by its rules. Again, we may verbalize the teachings of Jesus, but quite another thing is to verify the value of His words with our life. If we say it and believe it, we ought to do it, and the goal of what we do should honor our Savior and Lord!
Prayer: Help us, Lord, to live our faith. We ask that You give us the courage to do what we ought to do wherever we are to show others we belong to Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel. Philippians 1:27
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