Dare 2B Daring - July 12, 2018
A daily devotional published by Risk Takers for Christ, Inc.
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“If you be indeed the chosen of God, and beloved by Him, do not suffer all the lavish treasures of grace to be wasted upon you. Follow after holiness; it is the Christian’s crown and glory. An unholy church! It is useless to the world, and of no esteem among men. It is an abomination, hell’s laughter, heaven’s abhorrence. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world have been brought upon her by an unholy church. O Christian, the vows of God are upon you. You are God’s priest: act as such. You are God’s king: reign over your lusts. You are God’s chosen; do not associate with Belial. Heaven is your portion: live like a heavenly spirit, so shall you prove that you have true faith in Jesus, for there cannot be faith in the heart unless there be holiness in the life.” – C. H. Spurgeon
Do you know what is one of the greatest hindrances to the gospel? And do you know what prevents – or at least discourages – countless people from placing their faith and trust in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins?
No, it’s not the devil or his demons. It’s Christians – or at least professing ones – and the way they sometimes behave.
From priests that molest children to televangelists who scam widows out of their savings in order to finance their lavish lifestyles, the Bride of Christ has given itself more than a few black eyes in recent years. Sadly, that’s all the motivation a skeptical world needs before pointing a disparaging and accusatory finger in our direction… and rightfully so.
Yes, I realize that many – if not most – of these offending priests and evangelists are not true believers. But what about you and me? Has there ever been a time when we acted in such a way as to dishonor our Lord or pose a stumbling block between an unbeliever and Jesus?
None of us is perfect; certainly not me, that’s for sure! But let’s try our best not to hinder the spiritual growth and development of someone else because we couldn’t (or wouldn’t) bridle our tongue, manage our anger, or control our lusts.
“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 (NKJV)
- Rev. Dale M. Glading, President