KEY VERSE “But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus” (Ephesians 4:20,21).
A well-known owner of a chain of hotels endeavors to render the best of service to his guests. He often says to his employees, “Remember, my reputation is in your hands!” In a sense, Christ’s reputation is in the hands of believers. Others will judge Him by those who profess to know Him and serve him. This explains why someone once said: “The devil is willing for a person to confess Christianity as long as he doesn’t practice it”.
Our meditation today enumerates some anomalies which are not supposed to be found in the lives of true disciples of Christ. Lying, anger, animosity, stealing, laziness; corrupt discussions, grieving the Holy Spirit, disobedience, bitterness; wrath, clamour, evil speaking, malice, etc. should not be found in any heavenly-minded Christian. The true believer is one whose spirit is renewed to conform to the nature of God’s righteousness. He manifests truthfulness and upright walk, kindness, tenderness of heart and forgiveness. The Christian life is a glorious and enjoyable one if only we abide in the teachings of Christ and follow Him daily, laying aside every conduct we have not learnt from Him.
Only then will the ideal reputation of Christ be seen by the world around us and they will be drawn to accept and serve Him as their Lord and personal Saviour. So, let your lives and lips express the holy gospel you profess, and let our words and actions show the way out of the pollutions of the world.
Thought for the day: True disciples follow the steps of the Master.
Bible Reading in one Year: ECCLESIASTES 4-7