Don’t Just Say It, Live It!

Keep your fragrance to God and before the world a sweet one.

Text for Today – 2 Timothy 4:2 – Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

If you say it and live it, you’re a true witness.  If you say it, but don’t live it, you become a perjured witness.  In the courts of  our land, a witness who commits perjury has violated the law, their oath to tell the whole truth, and their own personal integrity.  In short, such a person has shown himself to be a hypocrite.

It has truly and rightly been stated that the only gospel some people will ever read or hear is the life they see you lead.  We all know people who do not go to church, and do not watch Christian television, nor to they listen to Christian radio.  The only church they see is you and the life you lead.  The only gospel is what they see and hear from you, and of course, what others say about it.  Keep in mind that while you are living FOR the Lord, you are living BEFORE mankind.  Needless to say, the judgment from those two sources can be, an often is, extreme in its diversification.  God will speak of you as He did of Job.  Consider that story.  Regardless of how Job was behaving, speaking, and believing, all God would say about Job was, “that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil.”  But mark my word, reader friend, this world watches you like a fox watching a hen house.  They are looking for any opening they can find to attack and devour you.

To that end, I come back to my opening statements.  If you say it and live it, you are a true witness.  If you say it, but don’t live it, you become a perjured witness.  Don’t forget the words of James, that “faith without works is dead.”  Dead faith stinks.  Consider this question about yourself.  Could it be that the stench in the nostrils of the world regarding the church has arisen from me?  Apply the washing and cleansing of the Word of God and the perfume of obedience to your life.  it will please your Father and change the mind of the world around you.  It’s up to you, so don’t just say it, live it!

Manna for Today – John 14:12-17; John 15:1-17; Matthew 5:13-14


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