October 23, Wednesday

Today’s AMI QT Devotional, written by Pastor Mark Chun (Radiance Christian Church, S. F.), was originally posted on March 20, 2013.

 

Devotional Thought for Today

“What People Really Want to See When We Talk About God”

Psalms 26:6-7 (ESV)

I wash my hands in innocence and go around your altar, O Lordproclaiming thanksgiving aloud, and telling all your wondrous deeds. 

In the Old Testament, washing one’s hands was a symbolic gesture of innocence before taking your place among the worshipers gathered around the altar of God.  Clean hands represented freedom from sinful actions.  

There are countless ways that we can stain our hands with unrecognized sins in our lives.  One area that we often overlook is our lack of thanksgiving and our timidity in proclaiming the wonderful things that God has done in our lives.  Ultimately, this is an act of worship on our part, which is also the most effective and easiest way to share the Gospel with those who are far from God.  

Most people don’t care about what you know about God, philosophically or theologically, until they hear about the works that God has done in your life.  Your testimony matters and each of us has a story that proclaims the goodness of God to a broken world.  

Think of it this way.  The scriptures teach us that faith without works is dead.  As the old adage goes, we are saved by faith alone but not by a faith that is alone.  A true test of the authenticity of our faith is the fruit that we bear as we live day to day among co-workers, neighbors, classmates, and friends.  

Thank the Lord as the Holy Spirit prompts you to bear much fruits for Him.   So ask the Lord to open up opportunities to display God’s work to those around you today.  

Prayer: Heavenly Father, fill my heart with deeper gratitude for the all the gifts that you have given me; fill my mouth with the right words to express the wondrous works that you have done.   Give me boldness to share my faith and to cast out all fear and timidity. Use me to be your hands of ministry and to bring the broken and the lost closer to your heart.  

Bible Reading for Today: Isaiah 3


Lunch Break Study

Read Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV): You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Questions to Consider

  1. What is the danger of doing good works before the eyes of people? (Matthew 6:2)  
  2. What is the purpose of our light? (Matthew 5:15)
  3. What is the right motivation for the good works that we do?  (1 Cor. 10:31)

Notes

  1. The greatest danger of doing any ministry out in the open is to fall into the trap of seeking man’s approval.   Jesus consistently warns us that if all we desire is the praise of men, that will be our final reward. It is a sober reminder that flattering words are cheap and that the greater reward is what God has in store for us.   
  2. There is only one purpose to light and that is to shine brightly so that all may see.  It is often difficult to see ourselves as the light of the world but that is the description that Jesus gives to all those who follow him.  The light of Christ will shine brightly through our lives when we obey his commands. 
  3. As cliché as it may sound, the final motivation for our acts of service has to be the glory of God.  There is no such thing as pure altruism because someone ultimately will receive credit for good works that are accomplished in this world.  It is the duty of the Christian to give credit where credit is due and point others to the glory of God as they serve and minister.            

Evening Reflection

Did you pray for the salvation of people around you who don’t know the Lord?  Reflect on the opportunities that God gave you to serve others.

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