Friday, November 16, 2012
Today’s Topic: Walking the Walk
Today’s Text: Psalm 119:66 (ESV) Teach me good judgment and knowledge, for I believe in your commandments.
Just moments ago Pastor Dennis Pond passed this bit of wisdom on to me. It may surprise you, as it did me, where it came from. I’ll tell you after you read it.
It’s impossible to bring about the kind of effectual change you want to see around you without truly living out your values in a personal way.
So, now comes the question: What kind of effectual change do you want to inspire around you?
[We are to have an] ever-present sense that we are not here to simply survive life. We’re here to preserve and protect it; and we’re here to teach others to do the same so that they might live full and satisfied lives.
If you haven’t begun to apply your values and beliefs into action, I want to challenge you to begin today. And just to be clear: Standing and living for what you believe in doesn’t mean becoming a fanatical zealot. It starts with simply preparing and protecting yourself and those around you. From there, you share your experiences and knowledge with those who will listen. Once the process begins, you’ll see a remarkable thing begin to happen: Your beliefs and passion will become a natural part of your life and community. You will begin to see yourself “become the change you want to see…”
This short challenge to live out one’s beliefs came from Tim Schmidt, the publisher of the Concealed Carry Report and founder of the United States Concealed Carry Association.
The spiritual application is obvious. We must “become the change we want to see” in our culture. But unlike the patriotic pursuit of our right to bear arms including concealed weapons, it is time for Christians to stop concealing the spiritual truth we carry. It is time for us to walk the walk and talk the talk, and to do so publicly. Unless we understand that in Christ we are here not simply to survive this life, but to preserve and protect people’s lives from the coming destruction of sin, there is no real hope of change.
Thanks Pastor Dennis for this great reminder, and thanks be to God who teaches us good judgment and knowledge through our belief in His commandments. May we inspire change around us by how we live.