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May 1, 2019
April 30, 2019, 9:50 AM

“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” Titus 2:7-8

“The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians: who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door and deny Him by their lifestyles. That is what an unbelieving world simply finds unbelievable.” Brennan Manning

What examples do we share with an unbelieving world? What does our lifestyle reveal about our relationship with God? What does our lifestyle reveal about our belief in the Bible? We do not like to hear it, but we often try to intertwine the world’s standards into Christian standards. It simply will not work! The world has such a grasp and uses its grip to challenge Christians to compromise their beliefs. As Christians, we live under grace, but grace does not give us the right to join in all the ways of the world. In fact, grace gives us the ability to recognize what God has done for us and should encourage us with the desire to please Him in every way. Think about our lives for just a minute. Does our speech honor God? Does our appearance honor God? Do the decisions we make honor God? Do our lives encourage a lost world to come to Christ?

Now, another very important question? Does living the Christian life mean that we are able to look down on everyone else? Absolutely not! None of us are perfect and we all sin. However, when we do sin, do we acknowledge that sin for what it is? Do we sometimes overlook our actions with the famous excuse that “everybody does it”? God has called us to live the abundant life. The abundant life does not consist of a little bit of God mixed in with a little bit of the world. The balance in the Christian’s life is this: one hundred percent of my cooperation and willingness to say yes to God, and one hundred percent of God’s power and presence in my life. Are we consciously and consistently presenting our lives to Jesus daily?

There are lost people all around us. They are looking for the abundant life that Jesus describes in John 10:10. Their problem is that they are looking in all the wrong places. We have the answer but do we exemplify the lifestyle that will encourage them to seek Jesus? May we examine our life, repent, and ask forgiveness for those things we’ve done against God and live in a way that honors Him. Only then will we have an impact on those around us and be the example for them so that they seek God for the abundant life.

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