Daily Devotional for Sunday September 6, 2009
If You Have a Passion for Something It Shows
(1 Kings 18:21)
There is no question, that if you believe something or you have a passion for something, it shows. Those who have a passion for golf, live and breathe golf. Those who have a love for classical music will have a great collection of classical music CD's and attend live events where that type of music is played. Those who have a passion about politics are obvious when they speak about it. People who believe in something, have a passion about something, LIVE that belief in their daily life. The question I have for you today is this. If you have committed your life to Christ and believe what the Bible says, do you live that belief in your day-to-day life? The Bible profoundly states that you will know a tree by the fruit it bears. You see, a tree may claim to be an apple tree, but unless it produces apples, its claim is empty. The proof it is an apple tree is when it produces the apples. So are our lives as Christians. We can claim to be a Christian, but unless we are producing the fruits of a Christian life, that claim is empty. We are a Christian when we produce the fruit of a Christian life. Some of the fruit a Christian produces is found in the book of Galatians, the 5th chapter, the 22nd and 23rd verses. These become the outward evidence of our inward commitment to Christ.
You see, my friend, the fact is if we really believe what we claim to believe, we will live out that belief each and every day in our life. The more passionately we believe in something, the more passionately we live out those beliefs in our daily life. My goal today is simply to force you to reflect on the beliefs you hold and how you live out those beliefs in the course of your daily life. I get discouraged to see people who are clearly lost, living out their beliefs with passion each day.
Those who are lost and blinded by sin, will passionately commit their lives each day to living out the sinful path they have chosen to walk. Nothing stops them. Nothing gets in their way. They are focused and will not be deterred. However, those who profess a faith in Christ, believe the Bible to be true, will waver, will meekly and shyly tiptoe through their day, actually making sure nobody ever really knows what it is they believe. LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO NOT LIVE PASSIONATELY FOR CHRIST EACH AND EVERY DAY, IF INDEED THAT IS WHAT YOU REALLY BELIEVE!!!
I love you, and care about you so much. My prayer today is that you will take a few minutes, really ask God to strengthen your convictions, and give you the boldness and courage to live your faith each and every day. Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind which God you serve. Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind who is your King. Let there be no doubt in anyone's mind that you are a blood-bought, born again son or daughter of the living God!!! Live out your faith in Christ in your day-to-day life!!! If you believe it, then live it!!!
I love you and care about you so much,
Your friend and brother in Christ,