Tag: Actions

Our conduct, not our words!

Grace Gems Whiteby Grace Gems

Robert L. Dabney

“Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27

We profess a difference between ourselves and the unsaved, as radical as that between light and darkness, and almost as wide as that between Heaven and Hell.

But in all the visible and practical concerns which interest the unrenewed heart–we nearly resemble them.

Our words say that we believe riches to be vanity and emptiness.
Our acts seem to say that we love and seek them as intensely as those do who make them their all and their god.

We say in words that “here we have no continuing city,” but in act we are as eager to adorn our dwellings here as though they were our only home.

What is the result? The world believes our conduct, and not our words!

“What kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives.” 2 Peter 3:11

“So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe!” Philippians 2:15

by Grace Gems

Let’s get serious!

George Whittenby George Whitten

Matthew 5:13 You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

Years ago, I heard an anointed missionary and personal friend speaking on the consequences of sin. He told a story about a pair of brothers he knew quite well.

In his teenage years, the older brother went through a time of rebellion against his Christian upbringing. He went to a few parties, drank a little alcohol, tried a few drugs and quickly felt convicted of his behavior and repented before the Lord. While it was only a short few weeks of rebellion, it made a real impression on his younger brother. You see, he was looking up to his big brother. And in those few months of watching him rebel, he decided that trying out a worldly thing or two himself was okay to do.

The older brother readily overcame that time of rebellion. He went on to Christian college and grew to be a wonderful man of God. He traveled all over the world teaching, reviving and leading many to the Lord.

As he came to this part of the story, my anointed missionary friend began to quiver.

“That older brother was me,” he said, tears rolling down his cheeks. And my younger brother, he whimpered, is dying of drug addiction today…and it all started during my time of rebellion.”

I would give just about anything to take back that few weeks of backsliding just to see my little brother living for the Lord today, but I can’t. I can only pray that you who are listening today will realize that the consequences of sin are no joke“.

What a painful example of the consequences of sin. We never know who’s watching and how they may be affected by our actions.

The job we have as believers is no small one — whether you realize it or not, there are so many who are observing our lives to see where our faith will lead us. There are many who are hungry for Him and so much work to be done! Let’s strive to get serious about God and influence many for Him!

by George Whitten