Reflections

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 27

Gold Nugget
Verse 19:
As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.”

Commentary
"If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it must be a duck." It is what it is. The proof is in the pudding. Apple trees don’t produce oranges any more than orange trees produce apples. As today’s “gold nugget” says, As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart.” I won’t see your face in my reflection and my life will not reflect your heart. The truth of today’s scripture reminds us that despite all of our attempts to present ourselves in whatever light fits our fancy, the truth of our heart’s contents will be reflected in our lives just as sure as water will return an accurate reflection of our true image. The decisions we make in our lives, how we choose to live our lives and what we commit our lives to will reveal who we really are. Billy Graham once said, “You can tell a lot about a person by looking through their checkbook.”  We can go to church on Sunday, but what you do for 2 hours out of 168 hours in a week does not reflect who you are inside. It is really amazing how many people take comfort in their 2 hour commitment thinking it justifies the other 166. If you are wondering, I’m not about to give you a list of things you should be doing to prove your Christianity. There is really only one place to start and that is by a quick definition of what a Christian is, then you can decide if you fit the definition or not. A Christian is just a name give to Disciples of Christ. Nothing less, nothing more. Now 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) So in true reflection of this verse, a Christian is one who loves. 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 it the 4 hours that someone spent volunteering at the homeless shelter that justifies their Christianity? No. Does the love that motivated the work prove their 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. Is your life reflecting the love you have for others or does it reflect the love you have for yourself?

Prayer
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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