Friday, July 29, 2016

Make a Statement

Encouragement for your daily walk with God 

What statement is your life making? The real testimony of your life is how you live it out, not what you say. There’s an old saying that bears this out: Actions speak louder than words. In other words, a person testifies to his or her beliefs and priorities by the way they live. 

That’s why Jesus said that to a world watching us, believers should be salt and light, two items which simply cannot be ignored. When salt is added to food, it improves the taste; when light enters a room, darkness is dispelled. The character, conduct, and conversation of a Christ follower should make a loud statement, one that demonstrates the need for Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit. 

We learn how to live a life that brings glory to God through the study of Scripture. As we read and meditate on it, we lay hold of principles and priorities for godly living. We learn lessons by means of biblical characters. Their stories teach us how they coped with the difficulties of life, how they discovered and learned from their mistakes, and how they interacted with God.

From their stories, and from the teaching of the Apostles, we learn that God wants us to be like Him. Or as the Apostle Paul put it, every Christ follower is destined to be conformed to the image of Jesus [Romans 8:29].

Make a statement with you life today and always. Set an example of godly living, one for others to follow. Then you can say as Paul did, “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ” [1 Corinthians 11:1].

You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless. You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:13-16

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