Verse 23: “Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.”
This web site is focused on gleaning a "gold nugget" from the chapter of Proverbs that corresponds to the current day of the month. The idea was first proposed to me years ago. After trying it, I found myself seeing the scenarios described in proverbs in my daily living. The option for making wiser decisions was becoming more apparent. The Book of Wisdom has lived up to its billing. Proverbs should not be the entirety of your bible reading, but it can be a valuable part of your daily discipline.
Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 27
Verse 19: “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
Today’s scripture reminds us that despite all of our attempts to present ourselves in whatever light fits our fancy, the content of our heart will be reflected in our lives. The decisions we make, how we choose to live and what we commit ourselves to will reveal who we really are. We can go to church on Sunday, but what we do for 2 hours out of 168 hours in a week does not reflect who we are inside. Many people take comfort in their 2 hour commitment on Sunday, thinking it justifies who they are the other 166 hours a week. Consider today’s “gold nugget” that says, “As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”
"Christian" is a name given to Disciples of Christ. Concerning the definition of a disciple, Jesus once said, “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35) A true reflection of this verse, is a Christian is someone who loves others. I don’t have a list of things that Steve would say proves you are a Christian. My question for you is, “Does the 166 hours of the week that you have left after giving God His 2 hours on Sunday reflect the love you have for one another? Is the 4 hours spent volunteering at the homeless shelter justify your Christianity? No. Does the love that motivated the work evidence of Christianity? Absolutely. It’s not really what you do, it’s your motive. We should be motivated by love to do much more than occupy a seat on Sunday morning. I hope we will consider this today.
Lord, I know that the things I spend my time on, money on and energy on is what truly reflects the contents of my heart. This should be good news for us. We should be able to look at theses things and allow them to gut check us and motivate any change as needed. Amen
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