9/20/17 Acceptable Proof
“Live the life that I have given you out loud. Take the highest road that you can in full view of others. You can be sure that they are watching you, as soon as you call yourself by My Name. Observe the life of Jesus. His life was broadcast to every corner of His world. Everywhere He went, people had to make choices. They had to examine their own lives and then decide who they were going to follow.
"You are ordained to do the same in your world. That does not mean that you call attention to yourself or become visible. It may mean that your strong voice may resonate from your secret prayer closet. Make the most of the call I have on your life. Become bold about Who you believe in. Rejoice that you have been given a real purpose for living.”
1 Cor. 11:1 NIV
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.
Eph. 5:8-11 AMP
8) For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of Light [lead the lives of those native-born to the Light].
9) For the fruit (the effect, the product) of the Light or the Spirit [consists] in every form of kindly goodness, uprightness of heart, and trueness of life.
10) And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him].
11) Take no part in and have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds and enterprises of darkness, but instead [let your lives be so in contrast as to] expose and reprove and convict them.
I once knew a person who continually testified of himself. Most of his conversation heralded his humility, proclaimed his faith, and testified of his spiritual wealth. As loudly as he could, he proclaimed how spiritual he was to anyone and everyone who would hear. What was so amazing was that nobody ever listened. In fact, because of the bankruptcy he exhibited, no one listened to anything else that he said.
I once knew a person who spent countless hours in the Word and in fellowship with her Lord. At any gathering, she would position herself in a quiet corner of the room, interacting lovingly with all that were present. She radiated the love and presence of the One who was most important in her life - Jesus Christ. Holding no formal position, having little worldly education, pastors and prominent leaders would wait their turn to spend moments with her to receive quiet words carried for them from the lap of the Lord. Churches, major corporations, and countless lives were changed and enhanced from the quiet interaction that heralded the presence of Jesus with an astounding spiritual volume through this humble saint.
Help me to choose Your way, Lord,