What would Jesus do?

March 27, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
(Romans 15:7 (NIV))

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself one simple but important question?

What if Jesus treated us the way that we treat each other?

If Jesus had decided that He didn’t want to come to earth because we are so different than the angels in heaven that He knew, where would we be? If Jesus had decided that He didn’t want anything to do with us because our life style was different than what God had commanded, where would we be? If Jesus had decided that humanity was not worth coming to earth to save, where would we be?

I could go on and on using every single reason that we offer up as an excuse to treat each other in ways that are less than what God desires, but I think that you can probably get the picture by now. Why do we treat each other, as members of the Body of Christ and potential members of the Body of Christ, with such contempt and callousness that we can’t even be recognized as followers of Jesus.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
(John 13:34-35 (NIV))

These words do not say that we are to love only those who look like us. They do not say that we are to love only those who have the same life style as us. They do not say that we are to love only those whom we deem to be worthy of our love. We are to love one another. There are no words in that statement that can be taken in any way, shape, form or fashion as an authorized limitation to whom we are to love.

What if Jesus had limited His love to only the nation of Israel? If that had been the case, the passages that we all know and love would not read as they do.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
(Romans 1:16 (NIV))

If Jesus has accepted everyone through what He came to accomplish at the cross, then why do we have such a difficult time doing the same?

The next time that we have a moment where we want to shun someone, remember four simple words. What would Jesus do?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
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What are you conscious of?

October 25, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.
(Romans 3:20 (NIV))

Do you try to obey God’s laws?

How is that going for you?

If you are like me, the moment I wake up I start having trouble doing everything that I should be doing. Let’s face the truth. None of us can even obey the speed limit one hundred percent of the time! We think that we are doing good if we are driving 60 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. In essence, we are breaking the law.

Think about God’s laws. Let’s look at one that we all think that we are capable of keeping.

You shall not murder.
(Exodus 20:13 (NIV))

It is probably safe to say that most people have not committed murder, not would they even consider it. But, what about the times when you are so angry at someone and you utter words that don’t even sound that bad in the grand scheme of things. Have you ever called someone a fool? Think about that the next time someone cuts you off in traffic!

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
(Matthew 5:22 (NIV))

Let’s take a look at another one of God’s laws.

You shall not commit adultery.
(Exodus 20:14 (NIV))

Pretty straight forward. No sex outside of marriage. There are those who think that they can get away with it, but most people will agree with the basic concept.

But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
(Matthew 5:28 (NIV))

Most of God’s laws sound simple, yet they are so very hard to obey. The one thing that God’s laws do a good job of is reminding people of the daily struggle required to even attempt to be righteous in God’s eyes. God’s laws bring our shortcomings front and center. They make us conscious of the fact that we can’t do it in our own strength. We need a Savior. We need Jesus!

What are you conscious of?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
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Can you truthfully proclaim that God is your strength?

May 2, 2017

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
(Psalms 73:26 (NIV))

When we are young, we feel that we are invincible. As we age, we start to experience things that we would have never expected when we were younger. We soon find that our physical bodies start to slow down. We experience aches and pains that we used to not have. In other words, our flesh starts to fail. We find that we have changed as does everything in this physical world.

The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone,
and its place remembers it no more.
(Psalms 103:15-16 (NIV))

Where do you turn when your heart is failing?

Where do you turn when your flesh is aging?

When do you turn when your eyes grow dim?

There is only one place to turn. Turn to Him!

God should be our strength when we are young. He should be our strength when we are growing old and gray. We should learn to trust in God in all circumstances no matter where we are in life, for He is the one who gave us life.

Can you truthfully proclaim that God is your strength?

Copyright 1998 – 2017 Dennis J. Smock
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How long do you think that you will live?

January 29, 2015

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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For, “All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.
(1 Peter 1:24-25 (NIV))

How long do you think that you will live? If you are one of the rare few who make it to see one hundred years, you will probably wonder why you are still around.

Let’s face the truth. We, as humans, do not have a long life span in comparison to eternity. We don’t even have a long life span in comparison to world events. If you are like me, it probably seems like only yesterday that you were impatiently waiting for the day that you would graduate from high school. Now, thirty years later, it doesn’t seem possible that it has been that long. Time passes and things change. Only God is the same.

One day, each of us will only be a memory. How you are remembered will be the only thing that matters. Will you be remembered as a person who followed the word of the Lord? Will you be remembered as a person who pointed others to God? Hopefully, none of us will be remembered as that grumpy person that hated everybody. How will God remember you? I pray that it will not be as Jesus spoke.

Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
(Matthew 7:23 (NIV))

What makes the difference between being grumpy and being a loving person who is kindly remembered and known by Jesus? It is a simple matter. Allow Jesus into your heart. Allow the word of God to take root and to grow within you. God’s Word is eternal. God’s Word, through Jesus, is our only hope of breaking the bonds of sin and death. Even though our physical days may be as grass that withers, through Jesus, our spiritual life is forever.

Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
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Have you found goodness, refuge and peace?

September 13, 2013

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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The LORD is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,
(Nahum 1:7-9 (NIV))

How many things in this life can you honestly call good? Think about that question and then think about how Jesus responded when he was called “Good teacher.”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good–except God alone.
(Mark 10:18 (NIV))

Jesus did not even consider Himself to be good. Even He drew His strength and His grace from God. If Jesus, who was God with us, drew His strength from God, why do we turn to any others to fill a void that only God can fill? Why do so many people turn to other things or to other people when they need help? Why do they turn to others when they need grace and mercy? No one can grant these things except for God.

Who can grant complete refuge? Who can grant complete grace and mercy? Who can be trusted completely?

In our frail human condition, we turn to many things to try to fill the void that seeks goodness. For many people, instead of finding refuge, they fill the void with the wrong thing and find the trouble that they seek to avoid. The only true goodness is God. The only true refuge is God. The only true peace is God.

Have you found goodness, refuge and peace?

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
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