Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Louder Than Words
God, help my life to match the faith I confess.From the devotional:
The test of the effectiveness of following Jesus is not just in what we say but in how we live. Are we telling others God’s Word and doing what it says? Let’s model by words and actions what it means to follow Him.What is most interesting is that the devotional's choice of example of not living as they preached is the Pharisees!
We live in an age where we hear of God's grace to the exclusion of almost all else that is a part of the complete Christian picture. We hear the stories of grace in the parable of the prodigal son or the amazing grace Christ extended to the woman at the well. But we seem to often to ignore the ungracious words of condemnation that Christ had for the religious officialdom of the time.
We preach the gospel, over and over and over again. But what words will Christ have for us, words of grace, or words of condemnation? You see, we should know better.