09 Jan CAN THESE BE SAID OF ME?
Posted at 15:08h in Faith, Lifestyle 20 Comments
Every time I read or study my Bible I always want a take home for that day, something that concerns me or speaks to my current state as a follower of Christ. You know the Bible likened the word of God to a mirror. James 1:23-25
I always want to look in “The Mirror” and know how I look at all times.
Do you know that all over the provinces of both Macedonia and Achaia believers look up to you? The word has gotten around. Your lives are echoing the Master’s Word, not only in the provinces but all over the place. The news of your faith in God is out. We don’t even have to say anything anymore—you are the message! People come up and tell us how you received us with open arms, how you deserted the dead idols of your old life so you could embrace and serve God, the true God. They marvel at how expectantly you await the arrival of his Son, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescued us from certain doom.
I asked myself one simple but thought provoking question: Can This Be Said Of Me?
Can you re-read those verses and see the weight of what Apostle Paul said of the Thessalonian Christians?
He said to put it in very simple terms: “everyone knows you follow Christ so we don’t need to tell them, anything about Christian living, they see it in you, you are examples to every one of what a Christian should be.”
“Believers look up to you” Not just because you dress the part, look the part or talk the part but because…
“Your lives are echoing the Master’s word!”
“And we really do not have to preach any more because your lifestyle does the work”
I wondered if anyone, my pastor, brethren in Church, my husband, children, friends, neighbours or even acquaintances could say these of me.
I always like to know that I am following God like He wants and I am doing the things that please Him, things that would lead others to Him and expand His kingdom.
In an attempt to gain more understanding of what was being said I decided to back up to the preceding verses and I saw in verse 3:
As we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master,Jesus Christ, before God our Father. (Emphasis mine)
I now got to know what I needed to do to be sure I live as an example;
I must grow in faith as I study and practice God’s word
I must love and serve God (and others) with all my heart
I must live my life in continual conscious remembrance that Christ’s return is imminent. I must keep my hope to spend eternity with Him alive.
And I must work out my salvation with fear and trembling
I want to live a life that glorifies God, a life that will cause men to turn from sin and desire to know Him as Lord, Saviour and Master. I want my life to be a living message to a dying world. And more importantly, I want to hear God say to me “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
How about you? Do you desire to be spoken of like Apostle Paul spoke of the Thessalonian Church? Tell me what you think, just leave me a comment in the comment box when you scroll further down.
bluecottonmemoryPosted at 13:08h, 15 January
Oh, I so want to live that – to be that! Day by Day, I try to bring the love of Jesus Christ to where I am planted – I probably do it ungracefully, imperfectly – but oh, your post is my heart’s desire!!!
Wishing you blessings this week – your post was such a cheerleading call to start my day!
UgochiPosted at 13:19h, 15 January
Amen! And your note is a great encouragement to me.
Thanks a lot and do have a super blessed day!
Mia De VriesPosted at 15:40h, 14 January
I appreciate and understand the cry of your heart for it is also mine. But I know that no matter how hard I try, I cannot be like Jesus or do what He would have done, so I have learned to abide in Him, allowing Him to live His life in and through me! This is truly grace!
Much love to you XX
UgochiPosted at 13:15h, 15 January
Abiding in Him does make people see Him through us, thanks a lot Mia, I appreciate your coming by and leaving this note, have a super blessed day!
Kelly BlackwellPosted at 23:04h, 12 January
That was beautiful Ugochi, and I truly believe that you fully shine the love of God in your posts. I imagine that in person you are inspiring just as Paul wrote. I long to be an example that Paul speaks of. I look at some amazing blogs and writings of some incredible women of God, and I am blown away and pray to be able to show the same love for the Lord in my life.
I love your posts. They always give me something to think about. Have a wonderful weekend!
UgochiPosted at 13:13h, 15 January
Thanks a lot Kelly, I really do appreciate your coming by and leaving this encouragement. Do have a super blessed day!
Lenetta CarnesPosted at 05:40h, 12 January
Hi, Great post. I found you through the blog hop. Now following you.Please stop by and say hi when you get a chance.
Be sure and check out my new Blog Hop that we just started, It’s Weekly Goals Link Up. It’s a great way to stay on track. Have a great day. 🙂 Thanks again.
Also,My daughter, Kisha, also is taking over Fill In the Blank Fridays. The person doing it has decided she can’t do it anymore so Kisha is now doing it. Her first one is today. Would love for you to join us there also. It’s a fun one. Her blog ishttp://www.kjaggers.com/2013…
You can also go to her page and at the to sign up for a reminder on both of these each week . Again, Welcome, have a wonderful evening. 🙂
UgochiPosted at 13:11h, 15 January
Thanks a lot Lenetta! I appreciate you, do have a super blessed day!
Nancy AdamsPosted at 04:30h, 12 January
What a wonderful post! I just happened on your blog and I am going to bookmark it!
UgochiPosted at 13:10h, 15 January
Thanks Nancy! I appreciate you, do have a super blessed day!
Michell @Prowess and PearlsPosted at 17:44h, 10 January
Hi Ugochi! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season! Yes my friend, as with you, my only desire is that people see Christ in me and that I’m constantly challenging myself to make sure that, and only that is portrayed in my life! Great post my friend! Have a blessed rest of your week!
UgochiPosted at 13:07h, 15 January
Oh yes I did Michell! And I hope you did too! Thanks for coming by and leaving this note, do have a super blessed day!
Annmarie ColePosted at 15:12h, 10 January
Yes, I so want my life to reflect Christ in all areas! I pray God will say to me “well done good & faithful servant”! I pray for us all! Bless you!
UgochiPosted at 13:06h, 15 January
Amen Annmarie! I appreciate your coming by and leaving this note. Have a super blessed day!
faithlovejoyhopePosted at 15:03h, 10 January
I can definitely relate to this, Ugochi, but at my age I am wondering more about the legacy I am leaving for my children, my husband, my family, and my close friends. Do they see Christ in me? Do they see His mercy and grace exemplified through me? Have I been pointing them to Him in all things?
Ugochi, I can definitely see Jesus in you and in your posts. I am always blessed to read what you write even though I don’t always comment on them.
A blessed 2013 to you and yours!
UgochiPosted at 13:05h, 15 January
Our family’s testimony speaks best about us I must agree. Thanks a lot for coming by and leaving this encouragement, I appreciate you.
Have a super blessed day!
Uloma Dan AbiaPosted at 14:31h, 10 January
The essence of christainity is to be like Christ in everyway but we are so at ease with our bodies that the thought of BEING like Christ becomes scary. But I know that the work of BEING like Christ was finished on the cross. Not by might…… We should learn to accept this truth and walk in the liberty where Christ has set us free. (From ourselves)
UgochiPosted at 13:03h, 15 January
…”But I know that the work of BEING like Christ was finished on the cross. Not by might…… ” Really drives it home for me. Thanks friend, I really appreciate you coming by and leaving this note. Have a super blessed day!
Hope ReidPosted at 02:22h, 10 January
Wow. It’s amazing how many times we look into the “mirror” which is the Word and see ourselves. Big problem. We should see the reflection of Christ. I’ve gotta die to my will daily and let His will be done. Thanks for this great reminder.
UgochiPosted at 13:01h, 15 January
Thanks Hope, dying daily is a must if we must succeed in this life’s journey! I appreciate your coming by and leaving this note, have a super blessed day!