I Heard You With My Eyes!
Do you live your life as if it is not yours but it belongs to Jesus Christ to be used and molded into what He wants for you? Do you live your life with the attitude of, 'all of Him, none of me?'
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Long before Paul was put to death, he said he was put to death. Paul says was been crucified with Christ and that it is no longer he that lives, but Christ lives in him. Have you ever wondered why the Bible does not record the deaths of these valiant men of God. Think about we depend on history books and writings to tell us, Paul was most likely beheaded, Peter crucified upside down, John boiled in hot oil yet survived. The Bible does not tell us much about these men regarding their death. Instead, we read and study much about their lives. We read much about what they did while they were alive. They lived for Jesus with a drive to spread the Gospel. Let us live today with a drive to spread the gospel not with our mouths but with our hands and feet. We have all heard the statement, “actions speak louder than words.” But I wonder if we really listen to these words. It is a true statement and one that should be a guide in our life. Our actions should be a reflection of who we are. How we say it, is as important as what we say. There exist “expected behaviors” because of who you are and what you do. For example there are certain things you should do because you are a father, and a husband, a wife and a mother, a son or a daughter. There are expected behaviors, because I am a child of God. As we walk on this earth, we influence, there is no way around this. The things I do will influence people far more than the things I say. I can stand on the rooftops and preach the need for self-control. When difficulty comes in my life all those who heard my words will then determine the truth in my words. My actions will speak what I really believe. Why do we do the things we do? Why do we participate in the things we participate? For the most part it is because we choose to? These choices you and I make on a daily basis speak volumes about what we believe. When our decisions are about what we want and not what Jesus Christ wants, then we will always struggle and we will always fall short. You see our relationship with Jesus Christ must drive our decisions. If it doesn’t, we have a problem. The problem is SELF! This life is not about what you and I want! It is about Jesus Christ and what He is doing. We must make sure that the things we do are centered on Him instead of what we do being centered on SELF. Whether we like it or not as a child of God our actions must be different from the world’s actions. You have a choice today, your actions can reflect the fact that you are a child of God and that you live for Jesus or they can reflect the fact that you live for yourself and you do what you want to do. Today, we will be heard more by the eyes of the people than by the ears of the people. The lives of the disciples are the best examples we can examine. They were not perfect yet what I see in the Bible is even when they stumbled it was in service to Christ. There actions centered around Jesus Christ and Him alone. He was the driving force in their lives, where to go, what to say, how to get there, where to stay and the list goes on and on. Ephesians 4:1 states, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.” Paul encourages us hear to take the calling on our life serious and to walk in a worthy manner. What do you think he means when He says “worthy”? What do you think He means when He says “calling”? Today we can walk in a manner that is worthy of the calling of the Lord Jesus Christ or we can walk in a manner worthy of the calling of this world! In the end it won’t be about what you say it will be about what you do!
Brother Big Daddy