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Click here for today’s reading: Matthew 28; 1 Thessalonians 1, 2, 3
Here is my SOAP for today, Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Matthew 28:8 “So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9 Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said.”
1 Thessalonians 1:5 “You know how we lived among you…”
1 Thessalonians 2:10 “You are witnesses, and so is God, of how holy, righteous and blameless we were among you who believed.”
1 Thessalonians 3:8 “For now we really live, since you are standing firm in the Lord.”
Paul was always pointing to how he (and others) lived as evidence of his commitment to Christ. I think we should all be able to do that at some level.
You may have heard the saying, “If you were put on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?
There is just enough guilt in that statement/question to make me cringe.
But the reality is, that there should be evidence in all of our lives that “proves” our commitment to Christ.
Questions that come to mind:
Do I act in love toward others? Am I known for being a loving person?
Am I generous? With my time and my resources…
Am I concerned about other people and their needs?
Do I make myself available to other people?
Am I using my talents to extend the kingdom of God?
In James it talks about “faith without works is dead.” Our “works” are a biproduct of our faith. They are the evidence of what we say we believe.
I believe the people around us are looking for that evidence in each of our lives. I know people are watching me… I know people want me to put my money where my mouth is.
Backing up our words with our works is key. But not doing our works “to be seen…”
Informing people about what we are doing is a good thing. But it’s about our motives… Am I posting what I am doing to Facebook or Instagram to inform and inspire people? Or am I doing it to make myself look better? “Hey, look at me! Look at all I am doing! I’m such a great Christian!”
I constantly remind myself to walk in humility, humbly before God and men.
1 Thessalonians 3:12 “May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.”
(That’s a great prayer!)