Intellectual assent – agreement with a set of Christian teachings – is incomplete faith. True faith transforms our lives. If our lives remain unchanged, we don’t truly believe the truths we claim to believe. Living the way God wants us to live does not earn our way into heaven, but it shows that our commitment to God is real. Godly conduct is not a substitute for, but a verification of our faith in Christ.
Commentary from the One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, November 10. Tyndale House publishers, Inc. 2003.
Christ’s return at an unexpected time is not a trap, a trick by which God hopes to catch us off guard. In fact, God is delaying His return so more will have an opportunity to follow Jesus. During this time before His return, we have the opportunity to live out our beliefs and to reflect Jesus’ love as we relate to others.
People who are ready for their Lord’s return are 1. not hypocritical, but sincere; 2. not fearful, but ready to witness; 3. not anxious, but trusting; 4. not greedy, but generous; 5. not lazy, but diligent. Are you delaying?
Commentary from The One Year NIV Devotional New Testament, June 25. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. 2003.
The healthy soul is both self-controlled and self-correcting. Unknown
Internet “match-making” sites differ in purpose. Some are “dating” sites, allowing singles to meet and get together. Other sites are marriage-oriented, requiring interested parties to fill out extensive questionnaires on themselves and the kind of person they’re looking for. All these sites are based on a single premise: Few people are happy being single.
God himself said to Adam, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (Genesis 2:18). God said that, ideally, men and women should meet, marry, and populate the earth. What He didn’t say was that it’s okay to be unhappy until that meeting and marrying takes place. The apostle Paul pointed out that singleness has rare blessings – the chance to be wholly committed to serving Christ. His point is this: Whether one is single or married, use it as an opportunity to serve the Lord with all your heart. Are you happy where you are, taking advantage of the opportunity you have today?
Happiness is not a state of companionship. Rather, it’s a byproduct of being in the center of the will of God.
“There is never a place in the Bible where it says that marriage makes you happy. It says over and over again that God makes you happy.” Dick Purnell
Commentary from the Pathways devotional, by David Jeremiah, May 30.
We’re living in a world where people cut corners whenever they can. After a while, scamming the system becomes a way of life. That doesn’t work on the spiritual level. There aren’t any shortcuts to spiritual growth. The Bible uses the word “diligent” to describe how we should go about our Christian lives. According to Hebrews 11:6, God rewards those who diligently seek Him. Peter told us to be diligent to make our call and election sure. “Be diligent,” he wrote,”to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Peter 1:10 and 3:14).
As Christians we need to take responsibility for our walk with God, seeking to be more like Him, sharing our faith, and serving others. Be diligent to serve the Savior. Don’t try to scam the system.
Commentary from David Jeremiah Turning Point Devotional, November 11, 2016.
“Once you have made the World an end, and faith a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours-and the more ‘religious’ (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful down here. Your affectionate uncle, SCREWTAPE.”
The Screwtape Letters, by C. S. Lewis. Pg. 34-35