In Step

Published on Nov 16th, 2016 by Pastor Ed Hlad | 0
In Step

In Step Do you remember WWJD? What would Jesus do? You were supposed to wear that rubber bracelet or pewter necklace with WWJD on it and when you found yourself in a life situation where you had to react you were supposed to stop and consider, “What would Jesus do?” I appreciated the sentiment but my own sarcasm often kept me from benefiting from this exercise. I usually ended up saying something like, “Jesus would raise the dead, turn the water into wine, and have a party”. Not very God glorifying and really not helpful to my conduct. I was reading the other day and this phrase found in Galatians 2:14 stuck with me, “I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel”. Now, that is a phrase that spoke to my heart. I thought about corning the market on the rubber bracelets but ISTTCWNISWTTOTG seemed a bit cumbersome. What was freaky was that we received a sales call at the church right about this time from a company who specialized in making rubber bracelets. A sign from God or mere coincidence? That is a pretty good measuring stick for our conduct. Although Paul was talking about the conduct of Peter and Barnabas we should probably stick to examining our own lives. How often do we find ourselves conducting our lives out of step with the truth of the gospel? If you stop to meditate on that phrase I think you would find it very helpful. Let me share with you some of my first thought meditations. I have done nothing to merit my salvation. I have been chosen by God before the foundation of the world and the faith I responded with was a gift from God. Does my conduct demonstrate arrogance or a self sufficiency that is out of step with the truth of the gospel? I have been given grace that is overwhelming. Are my words and conduct ministering grace? God has shown me great mercy. As I am driving down Route 1 am I showing the mercy of God? But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We love him because he first loved us. Am I showing love first or am I waiting for others to love me? I am forgiven. Am I holding on to bitterness and anger so that I do not appear weak by forgiving? This is not conduct in step with the truth of the gospel. I have been redeemed. I was bought with a price by the blood of the one who came and lived among us. Am I isolating myself from those in great need? Am I living a life marked by involvement in the lives of those in need of the gospel? I have been justified. Is my life marked by guilt that has been paid for by the blood of the Lamb? Am I living in self loathing when I have been set free from the guilt of my sin? Am I trusting the truth of what Christ has accomplished on the cross or am I making up my own rules that are not in step with the truth of the gospel? Jesus rose from the dead. He is the first fruits of our future resurrection. Am I living my life in such a way that I am looking forward to that glorious day or am I stuck holding on too tightly to what is here and now? This is just the beginning of what I hope will be a fruitful meditation in my life. Am I conducting my life in step with the truth of the gospel?

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