Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me, scatters.
(Luke 11:23 (NIV))
Do you simply sit in church, listen and then go about your life as if you hadn’t heard anything?
Do people even know that you profess a faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?
Are you afraid to share Jesus when you get the opportunity?
Or . . .
Do you listen and seek to apply God’s Word to your daily life?
Do people see Jesus when they look at you?
Do you embrace the opportunity to let people know what God has done in your life through your faith in Jesus?
Think about current events in the world. I am sure that we all can think of at least one thing that is happening that provides an opportunity for you to show that you are either with Jesus or against Him. I want you to keep in mind that whatever it may be, Jesus did not hate the people involved in the sin. He hated the sin and loved the people.
With this in mind, do you find yourself unable to differentiate between the sin and the people. In other words, does accepting the people mean that you accept the sin?
Do you try to appease people by accepting their sins?
If you do accept the sins, then are you truly with Jesus? Do you convey His message of grace and mercy if you don’t call people to repent of their sins? Simply telling someone that Jesus loves them is not enough. You have to tell them why He loves them and what He did for them. You have to tell them that Jesus came to forgive them of their sins. You have to tell them that His forgiveness is freely given to anybody, but they have to repent.
Think about the story of the rich young man who came to Jesus. Jesus told him to give away all that he had and follow Him. In this case, what held the young man back was the love of money. Did Jesus tell the young man that it was ok to love money and that he could follow him anyway?
Think about that for a moment.
What is your pet sin that you don’t want to give up? What is the pet sin of the person who proclaims that they follow Jesus?
I realize that we are all human, and that we will continue to sin. Jesus came to free us of our sins. If we are not willing to leave our sin, are we truly with Jesus?
Copyright 1998 – 2014 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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