In our world, we have the mistaken notion that we live to please ourselves. If we want to do something, we do it. If we want to say something, we forge ahead, regardless of how somebody else may feel. If we want to entertain any type of thoughts of revenge, evil, violence, lust, etc. we allow our minds to go there. I am not referring only to those outside the church, but those within the body of believers as well. It is sad how even believers allow their own desires to control them.
This is not the pattern that God has in mind for His people. We are to build others up with our words. We are to think on good, high, and holy things. We are to reflect Christ in our life at all times. I understand that we are simply human and sometimes err, but that should be the exception, not the normal pattern of behaviour.
If the church fails to act according to the ways of God, how will they ever inspire those who have no faith in God to follow Him? We need to be out and about, living holy lives and telling others about the Saviour. Very few of the unsaved will come to us; we must go to them. In fact, Christ commanded His disciples to go.
But as we go, we must evidence lives of integrity and holiness in order to show the world that we have something that makes a true difference in our lives. Our thoughts, deeds, and words must line up to God’s word and will.
I encourage you to learn the following verse. It was the verse that we used to recite after each chapel at Lee University in Cleveland, TN when I attended from 1995-1998. I believe that if we memorize it, recite it, and keep it at the forefront of our attention, we will be able to show others more about Jesus. In fact, why not make this your prayer? Here it is:
Psalm 19:14 (NLT) - May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Until next time, wishing you many blessings!
About the Author
Rev. Bradley Pass is an energetic minister of the Gospel who has been in full time ministry since 1998. His greatest passion is to see people reach their full potential in Christ. Pastor Brad is joined in his ministry by his loving wife of 33 years (Laurie), and they have been blessed with three children, all married.