Notice…..in 1Thes. 2:11-12, the Apostle Paul said we are to live in a way that PROVES we belong to God. After more than 30 years of ministry, I have noticed it is becoming harder and harder to tell the difference between Christians and worldly people. And that is a problem.
When we invite Jesus into our heart He enables us to live differently. He enables us to live “His way” of life. From our conduct to our conversations, from our thought-life to our way-of-life, and from our attitudes to our actions…we are to reflect Jesus Christ. Our lives should become all about Him instead of all about us, living His way instead of our own way.
You see, as society diminishes becoming a world without morals, without love and peace, without stability and more, Christians will hopefully STAND-OUT among others. It is then that we will be able to minister the hope and love and mercy of God to thousands of people. BUT….if we look and act like everyone else….how will they know we represent Him. IF Jesus is your Savior, then your life will certainly make heaven. However, when He becomes YOUR Lord, your life will make heaven AND make a difference in the world we live in. It’s time to start shining the One who lives IN us….it’s time to make a difference.
“You know very well that we treated each of you the way a father treats his children. We comforted you and encouraged you. Yet, we insisted that you should live in a way that proves you belong to the God who calls you into His kingdom and glory.” (1 Thes. 2:11-12 GW)
Pastor Kevin Kinchen