Thursday, August 4, 2011

Living Out the Lessons Learned

"If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete, by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose" (Philippians 2:1-2).

I remember a few years ago my wife and I were traveling through Dallas, Texas and decided to have lunch at a national chain diner where someone we knew was working.  As we were searching through the menu, my mouth began to do what has become second nature...watering over the visual appeal of the foods that I have grown to love!  It didn't take long before I saw one of my favorites...NACHOS!  This heaping mound of tortilla chips was loaded with shredded cheddar, topped with tomatoes, jalapenos, onions, black olives, guacamole and sour cream.  As soon as I laid eyes on it my stomach had spoken and I knew what I would order.  I was so excited when the waitress brought me the plate that would hold this treasured pleasure...until it actually got there.  It looking nothing like what I had seen in the menu.  The picture and the delivered entree looked as though it was from two distinctively different establishments.  What a disappointment.

The greatest proof for anything we believe is in how we live it out.  Paul made this point crystal clear.  "If you've gotten anything out your encounter with the life-changing power of Jesus, then live it out!"  Hearing about it is not enough.  Knowledge, though essential, is grossly inadequate when not coupled with the application.  God has called us to more than just to receive from Him, but to reflect what we've received with action.

Are you as quick to live out what you believe as you are to speak what you believe?  This is a truth worth getting hold of.  When you believe it, and allow this truth to root deep with in you, it will dynamically transform how you interact with people.  Are you reflecting and representing the what you say you have received?  This is a daily challenge, but it's one that has the potential of making a "forever" difference!  So, what has God shown you, taught you, blessed you with, or brought you through?  Live it out!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Paul is never afraid to say how it really is. I love reading what is on his heart and mind. Thank you for sharing this and making Gods word come more alive in my life. It's not always easy to live out what God has done in our life, but Paul is the perfect example of this even when he is in prison he gives God the glory!!