Whether you realize or not people are watching you. They want to know who you really are. They want to know what you believe. They want to know why you do what you do. They want to understand what is driving you and your actions. They want to see if you do what you say. They want to hear if you speech aligns with your actions. They want to see if you live out what you say you believe. Are you a living testimony of what you say you believe? Are you a living sacrifice to God? What is your motivation? Why do you do what you do? Are your words aligning to what your actions are saying? Are you actions aligning to what you say you believe?
People are checking you out so that they can try to figure you out in order to know if
they can trust you!
This morning’s reading has an interesting start with the statement “Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it.” It speaks to the fact that how we live can be the source of how people come to know God. We need to be living testimonies! As some put it, we need to be Jesus with skin on to our communities! So let’s live lives that glorify God! Let’s live lives that align with what we believe! Let’s be the people God created us to be with purpose on purpose for a purpose! Our actions will speak louder than any words we speak. Know how it is said that a picture is worth a 1000 words? Our actions are like a video which is made up of thousands of pictures, so consider the impact!
Instructions and Warnings
12Lift up your tired hands, then, and strengthen your trembling knees! 13Keep walking on straight paths, so that the lame foot may not be disabled, but instead be healed. 14Try to be at peace with everyone, and try to live a holy life, because no one will see the Lord without it. 15Guard against turning back from the grace of God. Let no one become like a bitter plant that grows up and causes many troubles with its poison. 16Let no one become immoral or unspiritual like Esau, who for a single meal sold his rights as the older son. 17Afterward, you know, he wanted to receive his father’s blessing; but he was turned back, because he could not find any way to change what he had done, even though in tears he looked for it. 18You have not come, as the people of Israel came, to what you can feel, to Mount Sinai with its blazing fire, the darkness and the gloom, the storm, 19the blast of a trumpet, and the sound of a voice. When the people heard the voice, they begged not to hear another word, 20because they could not bear the order which said, “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, “I am trembling and afraid!” 22Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels. 23You have come to the joyful gathering of God’s first-born, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people made perfect. 24You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel. 25Be careful, then, and do not refuse to hear him who speaks. Those who refused to hear the one who gave the divine message on earth did not escape. How much less shall we escape, then, if we turn away from the one who speaks from heaven! 26His voice shook the earth at that time, but now he has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven as well.” 27The words “once more” plainly show that the created things will be shaken and removed, so that the things that cannot be shaken will remain. 28Let us be thankful, then, because we receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken. Let us be grateful and worship God in a way that will please him, with reverence and awe; 29because our God is indeed a destroying fire. –from Hebrews 12
It’s important how we live! It’s important how we speak! He is coming back, so let’s be living testimonies for the glory of His kingdom!
Not sure what to do? Turn to God! Not sure how to respond? Turn to God’s Word! Think you are going through something and not sure what to do? Turn to God for wisdom! Make sure you don’t try to go it alone! Stay connected to the source and the vine.
Today’s reading continues to speak wisdom through the book of Proverbs…
15Correction and discipline are good for children. If they have their own way, they will make their mothers ashamed of them. 16When evil people are in power, crime increases. But the righteous will live to see the downfall of such people. 17Discipline your children and you can always be proud of them. They will never give you reason to be ashamed. 18A nation without God’s guidance is a nation without order. Happy are those who keep God’s law! 19You cannot correct servants just by talking to them. They may understand you, but they will pay no attention. 20There is more hope for a stupid fool than for someone who speaks without thinking. 21If you give your servants everything they want from childhood on, some day they will take over everything you own. 22People with quick tempers cause a lot of quarreling and trouble. 23Arrogance will bring your downfall, but if you are humble, you will be respected. 24A thief’s partner is his own worst enemy. He will be punished if he tells the truth in court, and God will curse him if he doesn’t. 25It is dangerous to be concerned with what others think of you, but if you trust the Lord, you are safe. 26Everybody wants the good will of the ruler, but only from the Lord can you get justice. 27The righteous hate the wicked, and the wicked hate the righteous. –from Proverbs 29