In Our Daily Bread’s devotional reading for today the subject was on how we must demonstrate our faith. We must be ready to give an answer for why we behave differently than the world.
When suffering and hardships come our way, how do we respond? Do we respond with a Christlike attitude? Or do we fall apart?
When people ask us why we are “different” we must be ready to give them an answer and we must do it respectfully and gently.
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect. Keeping a clear conscience so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.
1 Peter 3:15-18
People must be able to see a difference in how we act when hardships arise in our life. If not, if we fall apart, how will they see Jesus? If they see us act one way in church and then a completely different way when bad things happen, our testimony is ruined.
I love Jesus with all my heart. I strive daily to please Him in all I say and do. I mess up, yes I’m human, but thankfully I have a God who is a God of second and third chances….and fourth and fifth chances, etc. He is always willing to forgive and loves me and you so much.
Like I’ve said before, He longs to have a relationship with you. Won’t you come to Him?
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
We are called to serve. To love others. But living in a “me first” world can sometimes, if not most of the time, prevent that. We have the tendency to want everything for ourselves.
Aren’t we to be thankful for the fact that Jesus was humble enough to die on a cross for our sins? He took OUR sins, OUR mistakes, OUR failures and was nailed to a cross so we won’t have to spend eternity in hell.
Talk about humility!
Jesus demonstrated the greatest humility of all
In verses 3 and 4 of Philippians 2, Paul tells us to
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to you own interests but each of you to the interests of others.
I’m not going to lie, I can be a very selfish person. I’m not proud of it by any means and it’s something I’m working on changing. I’m just being honest here. I think we can all be selfish from time to time. We may not mean to be but it does happen. It’s our human nature!
But the Bible specifically tells us to not be selfish. We are to devote ourselves to others and serve in any way that we can.
My devotional reading this morning was found in Psalm 121. This is one of my favorite psalms.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber; 4 indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life; 8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.
Knowing that the Lord will always be there with me gives me great comfort. I’m not alone even when I feel the most alone. He will never leave me.
You’re not alone so don’t try to do life on your own. Rather, rejoice in the earthly and eternal care of God as demonstrated in the life, death, resurrection and ascension on the Lord Jesus Christ. And whatever the next steps, take them with His help.