Jesus said we should do what our religious leaders told us,
but we should be careful that we do not do everything they do; because many of
them often do not practice what they preach. He called them hypocrites and
other not so cute names.
Religious hypocrisy is rampant in our Churches. And it should be rooted out. Too many of us do not practice what we preach. We live double lives. And we often pick sides and pull punches when we are called upon to call out sin. Sometimes we play the hear no evil see no evil game if it suits our purpose.
Jesus calls us the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Therefore, one cannot be salt one day and sugar the next, light one day and darkness the next. We must be consistent in attitude and behavior. And we must call the game as we see it and let the chips fall where they may.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if people would walk up to us and say I see Jesus in you? I believe that is how Jesus wants us to live our lives.
The woman whom Jesus met at Jacob’s well was so impressed with him that she could not compose herself. She ran around telling everybody she met the following:
John 4:29 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?”
It may seem impossible for a human being who was born in sin and shaped in iniquity to be like Christ. But it is not beyond our reach. Jesus expects us to do what he did and even greater.
John 14:12 New Living Translation (NLT)Bible Gateway
12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, …
Jesus wants us to continue the work he started. But we cannot do it on our own. We need the Holy Spirit to help and guide us.
Therefore, if we gave the Holy Spirit a suitable place to dwell, he will make our impossibilities possible.
Sometimes we get carried away with the accolades and titles which the world bestowed upon us that we forget to tell God thanks for all he has done. He has pulled many of us out of mire clay, others from sinking sands. Let’s show Him our love and gratitude by surrendering our hearts and lives to follow Him.
King of my life, I crown Thee now,James E. Hussey, 1921
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary. Refrain:
Lest I forget Gethsemane,
Lest I forget Thine agony;
Lest I forget Thy love for me,
Lead me to Calvary.
Show me the tomb where Thou wast laid,
Tenderly mourned and wept;
Angels in robes of light arrayed
Guarded Thee whilst Thou slept.
Let me like Mary, through the gloom,
Come with a gift to Thee;
Show to me now the empty tomb,
Lead me to Calvary.
May I be willing, Lord, to bear
Daily my cross for Thee;
Even Thy cup of grief to share,
Thou hast borne all for me
Psalm 41:3 New International Version (NIV)Bible Gateway
3 The Lord sustains them on their sickbed
and restores them from their bed of illness.
If you are a Christian, who is carrying a heavy load that God hasn’t seen fit to lighten or remove, don’t give in to bitterness, rebellion, or self-pity.
When your emotions well up, as they inevitably will, think about apostle Paul. He had an affliction that God never saw fit to remove. Be honest with God, he understands. As long as you keep your life open to him, your affliction will never touch your heart.
When your heart is in tune with God you are more likely to sing His praise.
Psalm 47:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
8 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
Hope is like a fire; it needs fuel to keep going. Many people around us have lost hope. So, it’s our responsibility to help them rekindle the flame of hope. Often, all it takes is a spark of encouragement.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)Bible Gateway
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up,
There is hope for the hopeless in Jesus Christ
Romans 15:13 New King James Version (NKJV)Bible Gateway
13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.