Don't you realise that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:16
I usually read a couple of devotions each morning as well as where I am up to in the Bible. Sometimes they seem to reinforce each other as they did this morning. John Eldredge in his devotional 'Restoration Year' spoke about Holiness and how it is the strength of our condition. He used the account of Zaccheus (Luke 19:4) climbing a sycamore tree because he was desperate to see Jesus. John went on to say that it is through our lives that those around us get a glimpse of Jesus today. It struck me that it is my behaviour that makes Jesus either interesting (or not) or irresistable to those around me who do not yet know Him. Angus Buchan, in his devotional 'Living a Mighty Faith' spoke about sharing our faith with others in the same way Jesus did when He spoke to the pharisees that He had not come for those that didn't need a doctor, but those that were sick (Luke 5:31).
Angus went on to talk about a man by the name of Peter Marshall who spoke at a champagne breakfast for wealthy individuals in Washington DC. Marshall asked for fruit juice and the man sitting next to him asked why. Marshalls reply was that as a minister, many people came to see him for counselling and that a large percentage of their tragedies had been related to alcohol abuse. He felt that he could not counsel them if he were partaking himself. The rich man went to see Marshall a week later and comitted his life to Christ.
The point of the above story is that it's not what we say that impresses the world, but how we act as we go about our daily business.
We each have a choice today, and everyday, in every situation that we face. As it says in the passage from Romans, we are a slave to whatever we choose to obey. We can choose to be a slave to God, but when we do this something amazing happens. In Galations chapter 4, verse 7, Paul writes that we are no longer slaves but sons, and if we are sons then we are heirs of God through Christ. I am a son of God. And if you believe this so are you. When we walk out into the world today our confidence will be in Christ's Holiness as we seek to live a life worthy of His calling.
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