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TODAY’S BIBLE READING:

1 Chronicles 16:37–18:17
Romans 2:1-24
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

Romans 2:22-24 (CSB) “You who say, ‘You must not commit adultery’ — do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law? For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

REFLECTIONS ON TODAY’S BIBLE VERSE(S):

As Romans 2:22-24 states, our words might often be biblical but our actions don’t follow suite. We talk like Christians but we act like people of the world.

We say we should share the Gospel and yet too many Christians will never … ever … share their faith. (Source: 2018 Barna Research Poll)

We say Jesus has called Christians to purity … and yet there continues to be a large number of Christians who view porn and engage in extramarital adulterous relationships. (Source: 2014 Proven Men Newswire)

What do our Verses for Today tell us the lost world thinks of this? They blaspheme the name of God.

Romans 2:24 (CSB): “For, as it is written: The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

The lost world sees the hypocrisy and comes to believe that Jesus doesn’t make a difference in people’s lives. Many unbelievers even come to doubt that God exists at all. (Source: 2016 National Geographic)

In the book of Acts, the church was growing at a phenomenal rate. In fact, the church was accused of “turning the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). And now, my own denomination (the Southern Baptist Convention) is trying to figure out how to stop the hemorrhaging in the numbers of churches, members, and baptisms (Source: 2019 Christianity Today)

This problem can certainly be fixed. But, in my estimation, it isn’t a management problem. It’s a spiritual problem. Generally speaking, the power of God is not on the church because our churches are made up of people who see salvation as a past choice that they made and not a current call to holiness.

The most powerful proof of God’s existence and the fact that Jesus can radically forgive and change anyone is … a Christian who is on fire for Jesus, a believer who is serious about pursuing holiness.

Friends, if we claim to follow Jesus, then we must do it. The lost world knows quite a bit about Christianity and they know many of the standards we are to live by. And they are watching us to see if we live according to those standards.

So, take your pursuit of holiness seriously. People are watching. And where they spend eternity might hang in the balance.

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