“But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, persecutions, afflictions…” (II Timothy 3:10-11).

How well do your friends know you? The people at work?  What about those at church? Do they know what you believe and how you live your everyday life?

In the verses above the apostle Paul made a very inclusive statement. He is saying, “You know what I believe, how I live, my purpose in life, how I show the fruit of the Spirit in my life, and the way I face trials.” Paul lived transparently before those to whom he ministered. They saw him like he was; there was no pretense or hypocrisy. They knew what he believed and how willing he was to suffer for those beliefs.

Those we interact with day by day will soon learn what our core values are, even if we say very little. They will quickly recognize when what we say does not align with what we do. Titus 1:16 tells us about such people: “They profess to know God but with their deeds they deny him, since they are detestable, disobedient, and unfit for any good deed” (New English Translation). It is also true, however, that even when we are falsely accused, others will recognize it as untrue. “Keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you” (I Peter 3:16, New English Translation).

Paul lived transparently, and we should seek to do the same.

Transparent living is the only way the light of the Lord will shine through us.

Prayer: Lord, help me to live in such a way that others will see You shining through me. Cleanse me of any hypocrisy. Let my desire always be to please You rather than impress others. This is the only way I can truly be a witness to others.

fig-tree-900320_1280“And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.  And presently the fig tree withered away.”  (Matthew 21:19 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible.)

Jesus was walking on a public road and saw a fig tree.  It was on common property and anyone might lawfully use its fruit. Because He is God and all knowing, He knew the true condition of the tree, but He acted according to the appearance of things.  Perhaps He did this to let His disciple know the seriousness of being hypocritcal.  So He said to it, “Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.”

I have bought things in my lifetime that didn’t live up to how they were advertised.  I was disappointed and upset by the false claims.

Today, I’ve been thinking about so many who say they love the Lord, but find excuses to not be in His house on a regular basis.  My desire is to show the world by example what a fruitful Christian looks like.  I don’t want to be a false advertisement and disappoint my Lord!

Prayer:  Dear Lord, I pray for myself today.  I want to be a real and genuine Christian; one that doesn’t just look the part, but plays the part as well.  I want to practice what I preach.  One day soon You will be coming back for those who are ready and I want to be in that catching away!

Devotion by  Kaye Singleton