TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, April 01, 2019:
Having life; being alive; active or thriving.
For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Very few people today are living enthusiastically for God. The question we want to have you consider today is that if you are a person that believes in Jesus, how are you living? Do you wake up in the morning excited thinking about what God has for you today? Are you one who is content to sit back and live a morally good life, enjoy the blessings that God has given you and accomplish very little, if anything for the Kingdom of God.
Possibly you are a person who has chosen to sacrifice your time, talents, social positions, and lucrative posts, and fling aside every advantage in order to serve God and further the Kingdom of God.
We are living in a culture today where it is not popular to be a believer in Jesus let alone a person dedicated to live every moment of every day for the Lord. Many people of the world look at one who is serving God as literally mad. They think, and some say out loud, that that type of person is crazy or out of their mind.
Many people down through history have been called mad, or out of their mind, for trying to accomplish something big. God wants us to serve Him with the attitude that with Him all things are possible. He wants us to put Him first in our lives and attempt big things for Him as we are led by him. Doing big things takes boldness and courage.
Columbus was called mad because he decided to sail the uncharted ocean. Martin Luther was called mad because he presumed to defy the entrenched religious hierarchy of his time. Patrick Henry was considered mad when he cried out, “Give me liberty or give me death.” George Washington was thought to be mad when he decided to continue the war after the winter at Valley Forge, when thousands of his men had died and other thousands had deserted, leaving him only a handful of men. These men were living their convictions. They didn’t let the opinions of others sway their heartfelt beliefs.
We have become too sophisticated and respectable to be called mad in our generation. Unfortunately, Christianity has become so compromising and so politically incorrect that it is now insipid.
Too many people who say they are Christians do not act as one. Most just want to blend in and be like everyone else and go with the flow. Jesus said in Matthew 5:13 that believers are the salt of the earth, but if salt loses its saltiness it is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out. It is worthless and of no value. If Christians do not live in such a way as to affect the world around them they are of little use to the Lord and just like salt has lost its saltiness they are worthless.
Would to God that the world we live in today found us Christians proclaiming Jesus boldly enough to call us mad. Materialism and secularism has invaded our world, our churches, our homes and the hearts and minds of many who are believers. We must ask ourselves -- are we living a bold and uncompromising life for Christ that has an effect on others?
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 4:35.
Do you not say, there are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for the harvest.
Instill in me, dear Lord, the same fervor and sincere faith that the disciples showed as they lived so enthusiastically for You.
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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