I’m a Saint? No way…. I am no where near sainthood. I struggle with so much, daily Bible reading, daily prayer, loving on everyone I meet. I can’t be a Saint. But the Bible says I am.
When I hear the word saint I think of Theresa of Calcutta. Now there is a Saint, working in Calcutta to help the poor. Wow. What about the missionaries out there who risk their lives everyday to bring Christ to the world? I don’t measure up. I can’t be a saint. But the Bible says I am.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
OH. I’m a Saint through Grace! Thank the Lord. I know that I’d never measure up.
Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.
Yesterday I posted the song “Do Something” by Matthew West. Not all of us are able to drop everything and run to another country to help spread the Gospel. We are where the Lord has planted us and I’m sure if he wanted us to run off to another place to spread the Gospel He’d let us know.
Everyday we should go about our lives, being the hands and feet of Jesus. Much of the time we don’t have to “preach”. We just need to be. I have a story I want to share that showed me how much this is true.
One Thanksgiving week quite a few years back, I got a call from my boss. We were both off work that week for the holiday and she had never called me at home before. She told me her husband had died in his sleep that morning. She had woken up to find him in their bed, deceased. She was quite shocked and upset. I was being supportive on the phone with her and in the back of my mind I was wondering why she had called me. Then she said “Would you pray for me?” I guess I could have said that I’d keep her in my prayers (and I did), but I just said of course and started praying. I did offer to come to her but she had her sister coming and that was good. I didn’t want her to be alone.
I don’t “preach” at work. I don’t even have scripture hanging around my desk. She knew that I was active in my church and that I sometimes took off from work to go on church retreats (Via de Cristo). We may have had small conversations about faith. But I was floored that she came to me and asked me to pray for her.
So keep in mind that as you go out into your world that you are “preaching” the Gospel whether you are talking or not.
I just received our latest book in the mail and am already excited about reading it. Lifeway Publishing has taken the books and verses in Proverbs and arranged them by topic. What a great idea. It makes it easy ti find a particular reference when you need it. All of the many categories are arranged alphabetically and are easy to locate in either the index or by thumbing through the pages.
The quotes are from the CSB version of the Bible and there is an introduction by Trevin Wax, a biblical and reference publisher. It also has a page that you can use if you wish to give this book as a gift.
I give this book 5 stars, that is right, this is a necessity for all Christian libraries.
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The measure of a life, after all, is not its duration but its donation.
Jesus had a short life, by our standards, but the his donation to us was unmeasurable. How should we live in view of that amazing gift?