If you know that He is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of Him. (ESV)
God calls us to live as examples. We were created in His image, we are to live as He instructed. Yet, we fail...again ... and again ... and again. We desire to be like Christ to mirror His righteousness and yet it impossible without Grace and forgiveness. I could identify this part of MacArthur's sermon:
Shouldn't God be deserving of our best behaviour and attitude too??
The reality is that no one knows when Jesus will return. We don't know when we just know that He is going to come. We don't know when we need to be on our best behaviour because in reality, we are supposed to live in His righteous at all times.
Our hope is secured by remaining faithful and a believer is known not by what they claim but by how they live. Powerful words.
You would be reluctant to believe a fitness trainer that told you to diet and exercise while smoking and eating junk food. Their lives are reflective of their beliefs and if they don't model the behaviours that they endorse it affects their credibility. Our lives are the reflection of our beliefs and our actions (which should be as if we are under the power of authority!) can help bring others to a saving eternity or turn them off by our hypocrisy. Are we "walking the walk" and "talking the talk" or is it hard to see God's influence on our actions? Is it easy to see who we are reflecting? When Jesus arrives (and we know he will) what will He walk in to find??
Tomorrow's scripture focus: 1 John 3:1