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February 19, 2019, 2:14 PM

February 20, 2019


“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.” 1 Peter 2:12

We are all guilty! We sometimes fail to live up to what it means to be a Christian. As Christians, we are children of the righteous, holy, and omnipotent Heavenly Father. It means that 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 can live according to the truth because we are able to understand it. How can we understand the truth? It is found in God’s Word and we are privileged to study it diligently. We have a relationship with and access to the One who created and holds everything together. Therefore, people should see us striving each day to live and make decisions as Jesus would.

Do we chase perfection? That may sound silly in the culture of today. Have you ever read any material about Vince Lombardi, the coach of the Green Bay Packers of many years ago? His goal for the Packers was always perfection. Even though he knew perfection was unachievable, it never stopped his daily pursuit of the goal. In similar fashion, we know that we will never be perfect this side of eternity, but that should not excuse us from making perfection our goal. We live in a world where mediocrity is the goal and that 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 true but as God’s children we should be moving closer to Him each day and striving to be more like Jesus.

As the Church of the living God, the world should be able to look to us to see an example of living 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. May your week be blessed as we all strive to be more like Jesus and be a constant example to those around us!

 

                                    We love you,

                                    Brad and Virginia


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