James 2:14, 17 – What good is it my brothers if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?…faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by actions is dead. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – Good actions or good deeds cannot result in salvation. But salvation, which is by grace, should produce good actions and good deeds.
My Advice – Do your best to make your faith alive by doing what is right, good and decent.
Hebrews 13:20,21 – May the God of peace…equip you with everything good for doing His will. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God will not call us to something that He has not equipped us to do.
My Advice – God has richly equipped you. Make sure you also use your talents to do His work.
Titus 3:14 – Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – God did not save us to sit around and merely wait for His Son’s return. We must live productive lives.
My Advice – Live a productive life that not only provides for your daily needs, but allows you time to do good things. Remember, you are not defined by what you do for a living. You are defined by how you live your life (and of course by your relationship to Christ).
Titus 1:16 – They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny Him. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – How sad that so many Christians live their daily lives in manner that denies their relationship with Christ.
My Advice – Live your life and conduct yourself in a manner that affirms that you are a believer.
2 Timothy 2:15 – Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the Word of truth.
My Musings – A great tragedy in life would be to live out our days in such a way that when we faced God on the other side, we felt ashamed because of the things that we had done that we should not have, or the things we did not do that we should have done. We can guard against that by learning the truth of His Word.
My Advice – Live your life in a manner that you do not need to feel ashamed. So as you face various situations in life, ask yourself if you would feel ashamed if God knew you had done this and shouldn’t have or that you did not do it and should have. Understand that it is not “if” He knows, He knows. That should be your best guide in decision-making.
1 Timothy 4:12 – Don’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.
1 Thessalonians 3:13 – And 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.