Thursday, January 6, 2011

Daily devotional: Doing, not just verbally affirming our faith

"Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?"
Luke 6:46 NIV

I've been challenged by Jesus' teaching in Matthew 25 about the sheep and the goats, which was recently reaffirmed while reading The Hole In Our Gospel. It is not enough to just verbally profess our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior; that faith must result in action. We must do what He says, not just pay lip service. Fortunately we do not have to rely on our own strength, since Jesus lives in us and has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us. And God is gracious, so it is not about demanding a certain level of perfection. But that cannot be an excuse for spiritual laziness.

Make sure that I am in Christ and that He is in me; not just verbally professed but by my behavior. Pay attention to what the Lord has commanded us in the Bible and follow through with His indwelling power in me.

Lord, I love you. I praise Your holy name. I lift Your name on high and love to sing Your praises. You are awesome and worthy of all praise. May Your name be revered here on earth as it is in heaven. Please help me not to lose sight of the transformation You have for each of us who follow You. Please let me not get comfortable in the life I want to live, but rather always be seeking to live as You have for me to live, to be sensitive to Your voice and Your commands. Please give me the strength and conviction to follow through on Your commands. I don't want anyone to be "goats" when you return, but especially not myself or others who think we are following You only to realize that we were just paying lip service. And I don't want to be barely saved as in 1 Corinthians 3:10-15 as one who has barely escaped the flames, but rather I want to be useful to You and be able to hear You tell me "Well done, my good and faithful servant" on that day when You judge the world.

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