A rather well to do person decided that he would visit a church in a poverty-stricken area to see how people in the “poor section” of town worshiped. On the bottom of the cover of the Sunday bulletin was a statement that shocked him: “Not all who worship here are Christians. Do not leave your purse or any other personal belongings unattended.”
It is tragic, but true, that many who profess one thing do not practice what they preach. But, we who claim to be followers of Jesus are responsible for living as He lived by doing the things He did. We are to back up our beliefs with our behavior. It is not how we want to live that matters. It is how God expects us to live that matters and must make the difference in our lives an obligation.
When the gears of a transmission turn inside of its transmission case, it will cause the crankshaft to turn, and the car will be ready to move when it is put in gear.
So it is with a Christian.
When our hearts are “turned” by the Holy Spirit to the things of God, we will be ready to serve the Lord. When this happens, others will see us “move” or live in agreement with His Word and His ways.
The life of the Christian is much more than churchgoing, Bible-reading, hymn-singing, and tithe-giving. If we do all of those “good things,” we will still fall short of how God intends us to live: walk blamelessly and live righteously.
The Psalmist said that we are to be “blameless in your walk...and do what is righteous.” Being blameless means that when others look at us, they find no faults in the way we live because we walk in righteous paths – for His Name’s sake.
Prayer: Sometimes, Lord, what You ask of us seems unreal, even unfair. But, through Christ all things for God are possible. Help us to live righteously. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. Psalm 15:2
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