Are you guilty?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

Remember the words I spoke to you: ‘No servant is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also.
(John 15:20 (NIV))

Many people have taught that to follow Jesus means no troubles in this world and that you will be blessed with abundance in all that you do and in worldly possessions.

This teaching is not what Jesus spoke of.

Can we expect more than what was shone to Jesus when He walked the earth? To be truly like Jesus, we need to accept the fact that

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33b)

When a believer faces hardship or persecution, it should be a witness to others about our faith in Jesus Christ. We will face hardship and persecution, but how we face it is what makes us different from the world.

Will your actions during hardship convict you of being a disciple of Jesus?

Think about that question.

In a court, what leads to a conviction? In our justice system, it is facts – undeniable facts. What type of actions would be able to be presented as facts?

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
(Galatians 5:22-26 (NIV))

Jesus showed us how we are to live our lives so that we show the fruit of the Spirit. If we are to do as He did, if we are to be like our master, then we should be able to face any situation with the same type of behavior that Jesus displayed. We should reflect Jesus and bear the fruit that He desires for us to bear. If we do, then we should easily be found guilty of being His disciple.

Are you guilty?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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