Setting an Example, One Way or Another

1 Timothy 4:12Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Spiritual maturity has very little to do with chronological age. “Older” Christians can learn from those who are younger.

My Advice – You do not live your life for yourself alone. One way or another you are an example to other believers, non-believers and someday to a family. Be diligent in continuing to be a good example in the ways listed and in others ways that people might look up to you.

As For You

1 Thessalonians 3:13And as for you brothers, never tire of doing what is right. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – We become discouraged when doing what is right rarely seems to make a difference. We are not rewarded for results. We are rewarded for effort.

My Advice – It may seem at times that there is no reward or that no one takes notice when you do what is right. Sometimes you may even be ridiculed or persecuted for doing what is right. Do not let that stop you. Right is right no matter what, and God notices.

Work of Faith, Labor of Love, Enduring Hope

1 Thessalonians 1:3We continually remember before our God your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – Work, labor and endurance, without faith, love and hope are meaningless and unfulfilling.

My Advice – Make sure you give your life to a purpose you love, that increases your faith, and that leaves you with hope.

Improper Weariness

Galatians 6:9Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV 1978)

My Musing – The harvest is certain if we do not give up. The problem is we often look for instant gratification and grow impatient waiting for the proper time.

My Advice – Do good even if you never see a reward in it. Do it because it is right. The reality is you will be rewarded, if done with the right motive. It may not be right away, it may not even be in this lifetime. But even if no one else ever notices or acknowledges it, God does and will.

Burden Bearers

Galatians 6:1Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV 1978)

My Musings – And what is the law of Christ? Love God with all our heart, soul and might and love our neighbors as ourselves.

My Advice – Burdens are easier to bear when there is someone to help. Help others with theirs. God will certainly send someone to help you with yours when it is needed. It very well could be someone you helped previously, helping you because you helped them.

Who Would You Become?

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2 Chronicles 25:2 – He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, but not wholeheartedly. (NIV 1984)

“The greatest waste in the world is the difference between what we are and what we could become.” – Ben Herbster

My Musings – Who we are, and who we could become, may very well be the difference between doing what is right in the eyes of the Lord, but only doing it half-heartedly.  It might not be the greatest waste, but it is a waste nonetheless.

My Advice – Serve the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.  This is wholeheartedness – your heart, soul, mind and strength working together to the last measure.

 

What’s Stopping You?

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Ephesians 2:10For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (NIV 1984)

My Musings – God solved the ultimate when He sent His Son to die for us.  That is His workmanship.  Now we are new creations with work to do that God has prepared for us.  That is our workmanship.  How are we doing?

My Advice – This week, only for myself.