It is important that we always lead our life by example. Our faith confession must always match up to how we are leading our life. If we say we belong to the Lord, then we can't partake in what the world freely indulges in. We can't lead a life of sin and confess that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. Our faith confession and our life's example must line up so that those who see us, more importantly will see the Lord through us. When we hold God at the center of our life, then others who aren't walking with the Lord will notice that we are different from them. They will see that what the world offers them won't fill their hearts with joy, peace and contentment. They will understand through our example that to have the Lord is to truly have the greatest of Joy's. No other thing is required. No other material possession is needed. We have it all when we have the Lord Jesus in our life. That is a great testimony and one that speaks volumes to all those who don't know the Lord as they should. (1 John 2:15-17) (Matthew 12:50)
Be encouraged to think about your life's testimony. Are you leading by example? Is your life a shining beacon of hope that others can look upon and wish to emulate? We need to wake up and realize that others need to know the Lord as He is. The Lord wishes for none to perish, but that all would come to repentance. Do we tell others that God is forgiving? Do we frequently share our testimony of how we were once lost and without hope, but have now found the truest meaning and purpose of life? Let us not shy away from leading lost souls to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us be that beacon of hope and light that others are drawn to and let us share the simple truth of salvation. (Proverbs 16:20-22) (2 Peter 3:9)
May we be eternity minded at all times. May we have a true heart of compassion and do our absolute best to share Jesus through our words, our actions and our life's example. May all who see us, see the Lord Jesus and wish to have Him as their Lord and Savior just the same. (2 Timothy 4:1-5)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to see how important our life's example really is.
WALKING THROUGH LIFE
An unusual thing happened to me a few years ago. I spoke casually with a woman who served tables at a restaurant I frequented. We knew each other by first name only, but usually chatted for a few minutes each time I dined there.
One day, she asked me, “Do you have a son about eight years old?”
'What has he done?' I thought. I nodded yes.
She pressed on. “Does he play soccer?”
When I said that he did, she asked if he played in a game the previous week at a particular field. Again, I answered, “Yes.”
“I thought so,” she smiled. “I saw him and thought he must be your son.”
Since there were tens of thousands of young boys in the city, I was amazed and exclaimed, “I didn't know he looked that much like me!”
“Oh, I didn't see his face,” she said smiling as if she were keeping a secret.
“Then how did you know he was my son?” Now I was puzzled.
“I was just sitting in the car, and I saw a little boy in a baseball cap walking across the field to join his team. He walks like you.”
Walks like me? Now I was curious. How do I walk? Since I'm doing the walking, I don't notice how I look to others. Maybe I could watch him amble around to get an idea.
That said, how we walk down a street and how we walk through life are very different things. Perhaps I can't help how I walk down a street, but I want to be intentional about how I walk through life.
Through life, I want to walk gently. I want to treat all of life – the earth and its people – with reverence. I want to remove my shoes in the presence of holy ground. As much as possible, I want to walk in peace.
I want to walk lightly, even joyfully, through whatever days I am given. I want to laugh easily. I want to step carefully in and out of people's lives and relationships. I don't want to tread any heavier than necessary.
And throughout life, I think I would like to walk with more humility and less anger, more love and less fear. I want to walk confidently, but without arrogance. I want to walk in deep appreciation. I want to be genuinely thankful for life's extravagant, yet simple, gifts – a star-splattered night sky or a hot drink on an ice-cold day.
If life is a journey, then how I make that journey is important. How I walk through life.
But still I wonder how I look when I walk down a street.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:1-2 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Ephesians 4:29-32 “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.”
Galatians 6:2-4 “Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
Romans 15:1-4 “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not Himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on Me. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: THE POWER OF WORDS
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Today’s Selected Testimony: ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry