We continued our study of Living On Target and talked about a strategy with an objective. Kelvin Smith wrote, “We have available to us many tremendous bible teachers, ministry programs, messages on CD’s and DVD’s, and we should be thankful for these resources.” Doing bible studies are good but we need to do more than just listen, we need to apply it in our lives. James 1:22, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” Kelvin Smith says that we need to honestly evaluate whether we are living in love and service to Christ, in the Home, to the Church and to the World. 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?” Self-examination is beneficial and it keeps us humble and from living hypocritical lives.
What is hypocrisy? Hypocrisy is intentionally giving people the impression that we are living one way when, in fact, we are not. For example, someone who preaches and teaches God’s word to others, and then outside of church or ministry…lives like the devil. Jesus called the Pharisees “hypocrites.” Mark 7:6-7, “He replied, ‘Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.”’”
Kelvin Smith wrote, “Many of us are tempted to tell the world what the Bible teaches…yet we don’t live it ourselves. The Word of God must penetrate deep into our hearts and minds. It must flow out of us to influence people through relationships, which is something we seem to be struggling with today.” We can look around Casa and see it here. Many relationships are based on selfish desires and not selfless desires. Relationships are based on love, sacrifice and forgiveness. Is this not the relationship Jesus has with us? John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.”
The divine art of discipleship needs to be rediscovered by believers in the Church today. Living on Target is a strategy to achieve this objective.
The boys did well in school today. They were not just listeners, but doers of the Word. No reports or observations. Thank You, Lord.
No family meal today so we decided to bring the sandwiches and fruit back to the dorm and give the boys a new movie to watch. Dinner and a movie. What a concept! Yeah, I know… it has already been done. Afterward, we gave them a Popsicle to finish off the meal. We are blessed with a great bunch of boys.
Lee and Candy