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February 14, 2017, 12:00 AM

February 15, 2017

“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.”  I Peter 2:12

    Are you guilty?  I am.  We often fail to live up to what it means to be a Christian.  As Christians, we are children of the righteous, holy, omnipotent, only Almighty God.  What does that say about us?  We are a part of God’s family.  As such, we have insight into a part of life that so many people are living without.  We have a relationship with and access to the One who created and holds everything together.  Yet, we make many excuses for why we continually struggle in this life.  Probably all of us remember being told as a young person to “remember who you are and the name you represent”.  Is it any different for us as Christians?  People should see us striving each day to live and make decisions as Jesus would.

    Do we chase perfection?  We know that we will never be perfect this side of eternity but does that give us the excuse not to make perfection our goal?  We live in a world where mediocrity seems to be the ultimate goal and that kind of thinking has made its way into the lives of many Christians.  We have lost the desire to “aim for perfection” because we are told over and over that no one is perfect.  That is absolutely true but as God’s children we should be moving closer to God each day and striving to be more like Jesus.  People seem to pay more attention to the limitations today rather than the possibilities.  The Bible clearly reminds us that in Christ we have power to do all things.  As the Church of the living God, we should be the leaders in setting high standards and it is NOT a part-time job!

    The world should be able to look to the Church to see example after example of people who live their lives according to the high standards of Scripture.  Sure, we all stumble from time to time, but that should be the exception rather than the rule.  Paul addressed that issue very clearly in the book of Romans.  “What shall we say, then?  Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?  May it never be!” (Romans 6:1) As persecution increases, it becomes even more of an imperative that we live the example of Jesus.  As a football team gets inside the red zone, the fundamentals and techniques of the game become increasingly important.  As we near the end of this age, the way we live becomes even more of a testimony to the lost.  Why?  It’s easy to live as everyone else while using the excuse of imperfection.  Yet, God has called us to live and act differently so that we are an example to the growing number of lost people around us.  May you have a blessed week as we all strive to be more like Jesus and are a constant example  to those around us!    

                                                                                                                                                                We love you,

                                                                                                                                                               Brad and Virginia

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