If you have been following along with the full daily reading, we have just read the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, the Lord's teaching on the Lord's prayer, and several other familiar teaching points.
But, as my grandmother used to say, actions speak louder than words. We can know all these things about how a Christian should behave. If we don't do them, we cannot claim to be a follower of Christ.
We build our lives on a series of small actions and decisions which we make daily. Do we spend time in the Word of God - or do we turn on the tube? Do we speak well of people - or do we look for things to criticize? Do we look for ways to serve - or do we look for someone to serve us?
Why do we do what we do? Are we looking for the praise of mankind? Or are we simply doing what is right because it is right?
When my children were little, they sometimes balked at instruction. The question most frequently heard was "why." I could give them reasons til the cows came home, but it eventually boiled down to "because I'm the mom and I said so, that's why."
That should be our reason for everything we do. "Because God said so, that's why." Our obedience needs to be from awe and respect and love - not terror. Because God loves us we should respond to Him in kind. He doesn't want us to panic in terror of Him. He wants our fellowship and affection.
We show our love for God in our obedience to His Word. How loudly are we speaking today?
Thank You for loving us so much that You sent Jesus to teach us and exemplify what our lives should be. Help us to be ever faithful to Your words in loving obedience, actively serving in Your kingdom.
In Jesus' most precious name.