2Timothy 2.11-13 This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us. If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny Himself. (NKJV)
The Lord did not leave us without clear instruction concerning how we should live. The Word is not ambiguous towards exclaiming who or what pleases God. We will not have as our defense that we “weren’t sure” what was expected of us as His children.
It has become fashionable in America of late to claim that to have “God in my life” while living in such a way that no one would know it unless we spoke it occasionally. It is now “in” to be spiritual. “What would Jesus do?” God is “awesome”, “cool” and the kids are “Jesus freaks”.
James 1.26-27 If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
Don’t misunderstand me. I am thankful for any way that God uses this new acceptance of “spiritually” in our society when it results in souls being truly saved. It undoubtedly will lead to many ministry opportunities.
It is symbolism over substance, rhetoric over commitment, “feel good” over “do good” standards manifested from a watered down social gospel that is attractive but powerless.
A gospel that does not produce Godly
lives is not the true Gospel.
Over the next week let us look at this faithful saying that exclaims four things we do and how God responds.
Lord, help us today to have a faith, and a Christianity that changes our life, our behavior, our priorities and our perspective. May our acts of Godliness match our claims of Godliness. Amen.
Contemplation: In your family, church and community, do you see the Gospel of Christ producing truly Godly people easily identifiable and different from the world?
Application: The Gospel saves souls and changes lives. Anything short of that is not the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
- What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
- What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?