Devotion for September 5, 2017

'No "Woe is me!"'

Colossians 4:5 NLT
Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.
Ephesians 5:15-17
So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
Colossians 3:17
And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Philippians 2:15b
Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
1 Peter 3:16b
Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.
Matthew 5:44-48
...LOVE your enemies! PRAY for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
(Today's devotional is adapted from Charles Spurgeon)
As Christians, we have to live in the midst of an ungodly world, but it's of little use to cry “Woe is me.” Our Jesus did not pray for us to be taken out of the world, and what He did not pray for, we need not desire.
In the Lord's strength we are to meet the difficulty—the difficulty of living in the world—and glorify Him in it (because that's what we've been called to do!). We Christians do this by 1) living “wisely among those who are not believers,” 2) making “the most of every opportunity,” 3) having “gracious and attractive” conversations with the lost, 4) being “careful how (we) live,” 5) trying to “understand what the Lord wants (us) to do,” 6) doing everything “as a representative of the Lord Jesus,” living “clean, innocent lives as children of God,” 7) keeping our “conscience clear,” and 8) loving and praying for our “enemies”...
Heavenly Father, today you have gifted us with another day...another day to live for You! As we strive to glorify You today (“in a world full of crooked and perverse people!”), keep us mindful that “the enemy is ever on the watch to detect inconsistency in (our) conduct...” so our conduct needs to be wholly “representative of the Lord Jesus.” Moreover, help us “remember that the eyes of all are upon (us), and that more is expected from (us) than from other men.” May Your goodness in us “be the only fault they can discover in us” we have more opportunities to share the Good News! We ask this in Your Son's name...

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