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You Talk A Lot, How Is Your Walk?

Before Salvation:

“…in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience”                                                                               (Ephesians 2:2, nasb).

“So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind…” (Ephesians 4:17, nasb).

Now:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them”  (Ephesians 2:8-10, nasb).

“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called…” (Ephesians 4:1, nasb)

“…and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:2, nasb).

“…for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as of Light” (Ephesians 5:8, nasb).

“Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise…” (Ephesians 5:15, nasb).

Why are we not more friendly and kind to others?

I am most likely coming to the end years of my life. I am 71-years-old and probably do not have too many more years. I was supposed to die nineteen years ago with cancer as the doctors only gave me three months to live.

I was waiting at the pharmacy for a prescription. An older lady seemed quite distressed with problems and about losing some prescriptions. As she was leaving, I simply said, “I am sorry you are having such difficulty. Is there anything I can do to help?”

She immediately started to talk about how she lost her purse, how her medicines were not working, her diabetes count was up, and so on. She followed me as I went through the line and stayed with me until I got my prescription. When I was leaving she said, “Thank you for talking to me and cheering me up. I appreciate it very much!”

Our brief conversation probably irritated the other people in line, as the lady was quite loud. But so what! She was blessed in the Name of Christ for a few moments and I trust God will use this brief kindness in her life to manifest His glory.

So, don’t be like what my grandkids call a “grumpy gut”. Smile. Say Hello. Be friendly. As Christ has changed our life and given us a new life in Him, does the world see this change? Are we just as grumpy, rude, and miserable as the world, or do we have the joy of Christ evident in our life?

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12, nasb).

 

Who Is Waiting For You?

Recently, Margaret and I took him with us to visit a dear friend in an assisted living home. As we entered, she was sitting facing the door and said, “Oh, wonderful! I was waiting for someone to visit me.” As she has gotten older, friends and family have dropped off and she, as so many other “older folk” has few visitors.

Loren, a Christian friend of ours in his 80’s, heard of a grumpy man in his 70’s who said he had no friends any longer and complained of not being able to mow his lawn. So Loren, even in his old age, visited him and even mowed his lawn.

Dad Jespersen had friends that visit, especially to study the Bible on a regular basis. Dad lived with us so is not lonely, but there are many elderly and others who have no friends and no visitors. Perhaps they are waiting for you!

The Word of God says, “…in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:3-4, esv).

Pastor Shadora

 

On one occasion, Evangelist Shadora was visiting Canada from the Philippines to speak in several churches.  As he crossed into Canada from the United States, the Canadian customs official asked Pastor Shadora how much money he had.  At that time, Pastor Shadora only had $16.  “$16!” exclaimed the customs official, “How can you possibly exist in Canada for three weeks with only $16?”

Pastor Shadora simply replied with his finger pointing toward Heaven, “My Father is rich.”

The customs official smiled and said, “Come on in.”

 

It Doesn’t Matter How You Act!

If it doesn’t matter how we act as believers, then why are there so many guidelines, rules, and instructions in the Word of God telling us how to act?

Recently in an early morning Bible study, we studied Romans 13. This chapter is filled with instruction for God’s people. The last part is very specific, “Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy” (Romans 13:13, nasb). These are very specific “no no’s.”

The last verse of the chapter give the secret of how this can be done, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts” (Romans 13:14, nasb).

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