Weekly Devotions from Landmark Baptist Church
Last weekend I ended our devotional with the following statement question: How does the saving work of Jesus spill over into “practical, real-world implications” in my life? Today, hopefully, we’ll begin to look at some answers.
Let’s start by piggy-backing the verses Bill mentioned in the sermon this morning: Ephesians 5:1-2, 5:21-33, 6:1-4, and 1 Timothy 4:12. Here’s a quick summary, based on the notes I took this morning:
That seems like a good place to start. But these are still fairly general, so let’s give some specific examples from every-day life where these might be illustrated:
Now, these are some simple things that we can do every day to help show people we have Christ’s love in us. They are simple things, yet hard to do. They aren’t meant to be legalistic in any way, and doing or not doing them doesn’t make us more or less holy. But they are some little ways in which we can encourage and lift up others around us and reach out to them. Some may go un-noticed by everyone but God, and that’s okay.
Too often we get concerned with what we must do or not do as a Christian, and that list so often contains “big stuff”, yet that “big stuff” is hard to measure and so we get discouraged and feel we fall short. But the “good works” that Jesus saved us to do should be going on every moment of every day. While a “big” action like building a Habitat house is wonderful, the truly great things are the “little” actions we take day by day that form habits in us which continually paint the picture of Jesus to those around us.