TODAY'S WORD FOR Friday, January 10, 2020:
A thing done; an act.
And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Accepting Christ as our Savior will bring about a change in our behavior and in our attitude if we sincerely believe in Him. It is not enough to just say we believe. Our conduct needs to back up our words. There are those who say they have accepted Jesus as their Savior but it is no more than head knowledge. Their deeds do not get them to heaven.
When we accept Jesus, we need heart knowledge. Our hearts are changed and God becomes predominate in our lives. As believers we become a new creation in Christ and it should be evident by our deeds.
Luke wrote in Acts 26:20 that Paul preached that we are to repent and turn to God and prove our repentance by our deeds. Genuine repentance will result in a changed lifestyle.
The apostle Paul speaks about what the heart of the believer must be like. He begins in verses 15-16 of Colossians 3 by saying that the believers are to allow their heart to be ruled by the peace of God and to be filled with the Words of Christ.
God’s peace is God’s gift to us, but we must choose to let it rule our heart. What rules our heart will direct our actions and the deeds we do.
With this in mind Paul goes on in verse 17 to tell us that as believers, we are Christ’s representatives and every aspect of our life reflects on the name of Christ. He is telling us that our words and deeds need to exemplify Christ at all times.
We as believers have a choice. We speak and act for ourselves and no one speaks or acts for us. Whether we speak and act for Christ therefore is our choice. The command is made clear in the verse we have written above, and that is that we are to, in our words and deeds, do all in the name of Christ.
Jesus said, “If you love Me you will keep My commandments” John 14:15. Our love for Jesus is shown clearly by our obedience to His commandments.
Paul tells us that we are to act and speak in the name of Jesus. What does he mean? The name of Jesus is the only name that God accepts in His presence. Therefore, we are to live with the sole purpose of bringing honor and glory to the name of Jesus.
To be what Christ wants us to be we must put all of our trust in the name of Christ and our total dependence on Him. We need to claim the name of Christ in all that we say and do. This includes all of our deeds. We must remember that the non-believers are watching and that we must represent Christ in everything we say and do.
Simply said, we must do nothing as believers in Jesus to dishonor Christ. When we speak, our words should be consistent with what Jesus taught and honor Him as our Lord and Savior. When we act, Christ should be upheld and glorified by our behavior and serve as an example of Jesus’ love and forgiveness.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Psalm 33:12.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He has chosen as His own inheritance.
Give me wisdom to honor and bless Your name through my words and actions. Help me to be saturated by Your Word that I may always have a clear understanding of what is right and what is wrong.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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