PRAISE PROMPT ••• As Christians, we are instructed to live our lives in a way that reflects the love we have for our Lord and Savior.
From a textbook understanding of that, it sounds easy.
We live in humble gratitude and obedience to the One who gave His life for us, then rose from the dead, promising us eternal life if we believe in Him.
But as any experienced Christian will tell you – living it can be challenging.
After all, on the surface, the sea may look calm, but there’s an undercurrent.
For Christians, the world is an undercurrent of compromise pulling us and trying to make us drift away from our commitment to God.
2 Timothy 2:4 NLT says, “Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.”
In other words, the more we let ourselves be distracted from our commitment to Christ, the more we rob ourselves of opportunities for obedience.
We run the danger of drifting and compromising the values and beliefs that are central to our faith.
James 1:22-25 gives fantastic insight and guidance to this danger, “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.”
These verses emphasize the importance of action in our Christian life.
An active faith life is what keeps us strong against the current.
We must be prepared, arming ourselves daily with the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).
His Armor will never, ever cause us to sink.
Today, let’s praise the One who can give us the strength to walk in faith; Who equips is with everything we need to follow Him; and Who promises to be with us through any and every situation.