“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”
In my catechism class this weekend, I asked the children if the Christians they knew seemed different from the secular world in which they live. Their answers revealed the lukewarm attitudes of many Western Christians. This week’s catechism question asked, “If we are saved by grace then why do we have to do good works?” We searched through 1 Peter 2:9-12 and found that we are a people set aside for God’s possession. We belong to Him, and everything about our lives should show that to others. We can accept and include those that the world rejects because God chose us. We can forgive even the greatest offenses because all of our transgressions have been forgiven. Even when we commit errors, we still have the opportunity to humble ourselves, approach the cross, and ask for forgiveness. As a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for God’s possession, we ought to remember that our lives are a billboard of our beliefs.
"ARE WE 'ADVERTISING' THE STRENGTH OF OUR GOD OR OUR SELFISH HUMANITY?"
LORD, you are humble and wise. Thank you, Jesus, for your perfect example of love, patience, and submission to the Father. Please forgive me for neglecting your Holy Spirit and walking in my flesh before others. Please show yourself mighty in my life so others may glorify you.