“Now to him who is able to establish you in accordance with my gospel, the message I proclaim about Jesus Christ, in keeping with the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all the Gentiles might come to the obedience that comes from faith – to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.” -Romans 16:25-27 (NIV) emphasis mine
I mentioned the other day that our church is doing a series titled “Exit Interviews”. As a church we are looking at the reasons people give for leaving the church and/or God. Many site that the people, churches, and practices seem hypocritical to the teachings in the Bible. Unfortunately, there are many instances where this is true. The above verses are just one mention where obedience to scripture is something we do as a sign of our faith, other verses indicate it’s a sign of our love for Jesus.
It should go with out saying, but just to be on the safe side…
“Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins.” -Ecclesiastes 7:20 (NIV)
But do you continue to try? Or do you grow lazy in grace?
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” -1 Corinthians 11:1
Are you following? Could others follow you? Would you be pleased if your children followed your example? Who would benefit if a co-worker followed you?
What do your words and actions say you base your life on? What do they say is important to you? How are you spending your time, talents, money?
Because we’re human and struggle with sin in our attempt to be an example of following Jesus, we need to continually examine the lives we live. We need to be examples of humans resolved to respond because of our faith. You never know who may choose to follow us, and shouldn’t we be leading them to Jesus instead of further away?
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” -Matthew 5:14-16
Father, May the spirit in me move me to increased obedience. Show my sins and help me resolve to respond because of my faith in you! Help me to be an example for my children, for all of your children. My hope is that my life would bring glory to you. In His Sweet Name, Amen.