December 7, 2018 ● 18-8
Psalm 116:9: I shall walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
Matt. 6:1: Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Is our relationship with Jesus Christ, our faith, something we “practice” or something we live? Yes. Jesus taught a group of people who were predominantly Jewish, some of whom were very religious. They followed the Law of Moses and thought that by simply following the Law they were acceptable to God which meant they were living a life that pleased God. Jesus taught different.
Jesus taught that our faith is what we live, In order to make sure we are learning what we are supposed to learn from the Word of God, we have to put that faith, based on the Word of God, to work constantly. We learn by doing and that doing is practice; and that practice is the reality of our faith. This is the whole basis behind Jesus’ great sermon on the practical side of Christianity, a sermon we often refer to as the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7).
Life is not a trial run, life is life and we only have one shot at this. Our faith is our life is our practice is the reality of our faith. Faith and life cannot be separated; the practice of our faith is life itself. Let God’s Word equip you to live daily a life that honors Him as you, “walk before Him in the land of the living.”