We as Christians sure can talk the talk; Sanctification, Omnipotence, Servant, but do we really walk the walk? When it comes down to it, are we actually willing to BOLDLY declare the truth of God to a world veiled in it's darkness? Are we willing to get our hands dirty in order to see the "crop" of God's field? Do our lives affect others to be more Christlike? Think of it this way. If people you came in contact with relied solely on what you said, how you acted and what YOU taught them, would it be Biblically accurate? This may sound as though it's FAR to much to ask from a lowly sinner saved by Grace BUT that's exactly what took place in Thessalonica amongst the first generation believers!!! Paul delivered the Word of God when visiting, then followed with a letter that said....
1 Thessalonians 1:7-10
New King James Version (NKJV)
"7 so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything. 9 For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10 and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come."The people of Thessalonica were so affected by Paul's visit, sharing and example that, before he could even follow up with a letter of direction, they were already bearing fruit of the Spirit!
So the question is...... Is your life an example to sinners?
Aaron Oliveira, Pastor
Chetwynd Community Church.
Christmas Celebration: Dec. 22nd. A time of sharing, singing and joy.