Week 47: Thursday

We pursue lives of integrity and uprightness both in private and public. We are not our own; we have been bought with a price. The call to holiness is a call to separation from the pollution of sin. As the royal priesthood, we display God’s holy character in the world and show the reality of the Kingdom of God. Let us live holy lives so that we may never be put to shame.

Hypocrisy is perhaps the most common modern criticism of Christians. Sadly, it is no longer uncommon to see a Christian leader step down because of sin. To paraphrase an early church father, “If you are in a position to speak about the highest things you must also exhibit the highest things.”

God our Father, may our lives match our words, so that the name of your Son will not be shamed in the world.

Thursday: 1 Cor. 16; Acts 19.21-20.6

The holy priesthood is to live holy lives before God and the world (1 Pet. 3:12), allow their good works to bring glory to God (1 Pet. 2:12), and even use wordless conduct as a means of winning unbelievers to Christ.

~ Uche Anizor and Hank Voss, Representing Christ. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2016. p. 47.

Let God Arise! Seasonal Focus
Put on the Armor of God, Ephesians 6.10-18

Book Reading
Anizor and Voss, Representing Christ