Wednesday, May 23, 2012


“As the Lord has called everyone, so let him walk" 1 Corinthians 7:17.  
Religion which has no practical impact on our daily lives quickly becomes a vague, abstract notion that amounts to nothing. Yet many have nothing more than an empty profession to prove they are Christians. They are like the cinnamon tree whose outer bark is more valuable than all else that remains. The apostle speaks of such people in his letter to Titus: "They profess that they know God, but in works they deny him, being abominable and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate" Titus 1:6.
What is meant by "good works" becomes clear in the following chapter Titus 2:2-8, where the apostle presents the duties which Christians ought to perform. A good Christian but a nagging wife, a godly man but a negligent father-- these are contradictions that cannot be reconciled. The man who does not walk uprightly in his own house is nothing more than a hypocrite at church. If you are not a Christian in your shop, you are not a Christian in your closet-- even though you may pray there. If your faith founders in one way, it cannot flourish in any other. Some professing Christians fail in their duties toward their fellow men, while maintaining an outward show of worship to God. Others falter in acts of worship while seeming to be steadfast in their duties to their fellow men. Both inconsistencies are destructive to the soul. The soldier who stands in order is conscientious toward the whole duty that lies on him in regard to both God and man.
Third, to stand in order means we must stay within the bounds of our place and calling. The Israelites were commanded every man "to pitch by his own standards" Numbers 2:2. This meant they were to be "arranged in order," as in a military formation. God allows no stragglers in His army of saints. "As the Lord has called every one, so let him walk"  Corinthians 7:17.”

Quoted material from, ”The Christian in Complete Armour Daily Readings in Spiritual Warfare” by Gurnall and James S Bell.

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