My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Sunday, December 9, 2012
This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want
you to speak confidently, so that those who have believed God will be
careful to engage in good deeds. These things are good and profitable
(Titus 3:8 NASB)
Paul was writing to Titus and encouraging him and the people to
whom he was ministering to continue to grow in their faith. This was a
message to those who had already believed. They knew Jesus Christ and
were willing to declare him as Lord, but Paul said that this was not
enough. Their lifestyle was to change and they were to declare Jesus as
Lord, but then they were to go and engage in good deeds. This would be
the sign that they were believers.
It's the season in which we like to do good. Christmas seems to
draw this out of us and think of ways that we can help the needy this
time of year. We drop some money into the Salvation Army kettle, we
drop off "Toys for Tots" and we become engaged in putting together food
baskets for the needy within our community. But Paul was saying that
this was not just something that would be done from time to time, but
that the result of faith in Jesus Christ was a change in one's behavior.
Those who loved Jesus would become engaged in good deeds, not just
from time to time, but as a practice for their life!
God calls us to be engaged with our world in reaching out to those in
need and doing good deeds. As a follower of Christ we must ask
ourselves on a daily basis how we can become involved in God's activity
here on this earth, participating together with him in his good deeds.
God knows where we can and should be used today. Too often it is the
"Christians" who have been to church on Sunday (and we look like it) and
then engage with the world and leave a bad taste in peoples' mouths.
We are unkind to the person working in the gas station, we complain that
the line at the doughnut store is too long, or we get upset at the
waitperson at the restaurant for being too slow. The world sees mean and
grouchy Christians and wants nothing to do with us. We need to tune
into Jesus and his leading every single day so that we can be his
ambassadors, showing his love to our world as we practice good deeds!
Lord, please help me to practice good deeds with all of those I come into contact with today. Amen.