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Do your words and actions honor Christ?

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

— 1 Corinthians 10:31

One day, a pig was fervently eating acorns under an oak tree. When the supply started waning, the pig became so enamored with finding more acorns that he began rooting around in the dirt, exposing the roots of the tree.

A crow landed on a tree limb and saw what the pig was doing. He told him, “You really shouldn’t do that. If you lay bare the roots, the tree is going to wither and die.” 

The pig continued rooting and replied, “Let it die. Who cares as long as there are acorns?!” 

Many times, people are just like that pig, forgetting about the long-term impact of their decisions and simply acting on whatever impulse they’re feeling at the moment. But if we stop and think about our actions, we may discover that some of the things we’re doing today are detrimental to our long-term spiritual health.

So what’s the solution? In everything you do, ask the question, “Is this drawing me closer to Christ, or is it pushing me away from Him?” When we keep Jesus as the focus of everything we think and do, the decisions to honor Him will come naturally.


Prayer Challenge

Pray that Jesus Christ would be magnified in all your thoughts and actions today.


Questions for Thought

Think of an impulsive decision you’ve made that was detrimental to your relationship with Christ. Why did it seem like a good idea at the time?

As you seek to glorify God in your thoughts and actions, who are some people you can surround yourself with who can encourage you?


When the truth hurts

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.

— Ephesians 4:25

A high-school golfer named Chelsee Richard was competing in a qualifying round for the state finals. On the second hole, she hit her tee shot into the rough. Then, without realizing it, she mistakenly played another golfer’s ball out of the rough and finished the hole. 

It wasn’t until the next hole that she realized her mistake. But the rule is that a golfer must declare if they hit the wrong ball before they put it into the hole – or else they will be disqualified.

Chelsee faced a dilemma: She could cover up her error and go on to compete for the state championship. Or, she could tell the truth and report her mistake. Drawing strength from her Christian faith, she reported her error, which painfully ended her senior season and dream of playing for the championship. 

She said: “With my faith and with God, being honest was the most important thing to me, and that’s what is going to advance on throughout my life, being honest and making the right choices.” 

Telling the truth isn’t always easy – but it’s the right thing to do. So when you’re in a dilemma between the truth and an easy way out, be truthful, and trust in God to reward your obedience!


Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to give you the strength to be truthful even when it means taking a harder path.


Questions for Thought:

Have you ever been in a situation when telling the truth hurt you? What happened?

How might understanding that God gives eternal rewards help motivate you to tell the truth?


Can anyone be a good leader?

Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

— Exodus 4:10-12

A rich businessman once held a dinner party to which Calvin Coolidge had been invited. After Coolidge left, the man remarked that he thought Coolidge would one day make a good president of the United States. Some disagreed, feeling Coolidge lacked the personality and charisma needed to hold such a high office. 

The man’s six-year-old daughter spoke up. “I like him,” she said, holding up her pointer finger with a bandage around it. “He was the only one at the party who asked me about my hurt finger.”

“And that’s exactly why he would be a great president,” added her father. 

People very often value charm or charisma in their leaders over and above things like character and compassion. But the truth is, attractive personalities in leaders are often nothing more than a façade to mask their shortcomings.

Things like charisma and an attractive personality aren’t necessarily bad. But a good leader must have much more.

So instead of counting yourself out as a leader simply because you think you don’t have the right personality, look inside to the gifts God has given you, like compassion, wisdom, and character. When you do, you’ll find you do have what it takes to be a spiritual leader to others.


Prayer Challenge 

Ask God to open your eyes to the gifts He’s given you that you can use to lead others.


Questions for Thought 

When you think of a great leader, what leadership characteristics come to mind?

What might be the advantages of having a leader who focuses less on personality and more on things like compassion and wisdom?


How to rest in God’s grace

For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

— Romans 6:14

There’s a story about a student at Cambridge University in England who entered the classroom on exam day and asked the proctor to bring him cakes and ale. The proctor refused, and couldn’t believe the young student’s audacity.

So the young student pulled out a copy of Laws of Cambridge, which had originally been adopted 400 years ago. And he read, “Gentlemen sitting for examinations may request and require cakes and ale.” The proctor was forced to comply. Pepsi and hamburgers were judged the modern equivalent, so the necessary accommodations were made for the student.

A few weeks later, the student was summoned to the office of Academic Affairs, where he was told he would have to pay a fine of five pounds (about the cost of the meal). He was not fined for demanding cakes and ale, but for blatantly disregarding another obscure Cambridge law: he had failed to wear a sword to the examination.

In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel worked tirelessly to keep the written law – but they always failed. And even today, we will fall short if we try to work our way to salvation. That’s why grace is so wonderful. 

Jesus is the only one who ever kept God’s law perfectly. So instead of working to keep the law to the letter, find rest in the magnificent grace He’s given you!


Prayer Challenge:

Thank God for the grace you have in Christ – that you are set free from working for your salvation.


Questions for Thought:

In what ways are you tempted to try and work for your salvation?

What does resting in God’s grace look like for you today?


How to handle disagreements among the Body

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.

1 Peter 3:8

Veteran American League baseball umpire Bill Guthrie was working behind the plate one afternoon, and the catcher for the visiting team was repeatedly protesting his calls. Guthrie endured this for a number of innings, and then he spoke up.

“Son,” he said softly, “you’ve been a big help to me in calling balls and strikes today, and I appreciate it. But I think I’ve got the hang of it now, so I’m going to ask you to go to the clubhouse and show whoever’s there how to take a shower.”

Among believers today, some of the most bitter arguments are those that don’t have to be so divisive if only we’d address them in a loving way. When we think about nonessential issues such as worship style, what the pastor wears, and how our churches are arranged, we can disagree on these things without being disagreeable.

The truth is, we simply can’t allow the all-important work of expanding God’s Kingdom to be thwarted by arguments of little to no eternal value. So don’t be divided by arguments that are ultimately insignificant. Push through your minor disagreements with one another and work together for the Kingdom of God!


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would give you the patience and understanding you need to stay unified with other believers – even when you disagree.


Questions for Thought

What’s one issue you have a strong opinion about on which other Christians may disagree with you?

When it comes to being unified in faith and reaching the world for Christ, what can you do to put aside petty differences and move forward together with other believers?



The eternal significance of your short life

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.

— Romans 12:3

Lady Nancy Astor was the first woman ever to be seated in the British House of Commons. She predictably encountered a good amount of male antagonism, but she was also capable of giving it back in turn.

One night at a formal dinner, Lady Astor told her neighbor how she considered men to be more conceited than women. To prove her point, she raised her voice a bit and said, “It’s a pity that the most intelligent and learned men attach the least importance to the way they dress. Why, right at this table the most cultivated man is wearing the most clumsily knotted tie!” 

Astor and her neighbor watched as within seconds, every man at the table secretly reached up to adjust his tie. 

Very often, it can be easy to think more highly of ourselves than we really ought. That’s because in our flesh, it’s our natural inclination to believe the world revolves around us. But the truth is, as the Bible tells us, our very lives are a mere vapor – a split-second blip on the screen of history. 

A right perspective of ourselves begins with the humbling notion that our place in the universe is a small one. But let us never believe the lie that our short and small lives are insignificant. Be humbled by your place in the universe, but emboldened that God gives you a significant purpose in it!


Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to give you a biblical perspective on your life as a short blip in cosmic history, but one that can make an eternal difference.


Questions for Thought

 When you think about people who have high opinions of themselves, what are some words you would use to describe their outlook on life?

As you consider the brevity of life, how do you see using your short time on earth to make a maximum impact for God’s Kingdom?


What man can’t do

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

— John 17:3

Think about all the incredible inventions man has created over the generations. Which ones are the best? Perhaps you’re partial to the flushing toilet – a great one – or the telephone, which would be hard to live without these days. Both of those have made our lives a lot easier!

But in spite of how smart we are (or think we are), mankind has yet to come up with an invention that can defeat our ultimate enemy: death. Just imagine how much money you’d make if you discovered a way to cheat death and live forever!

Yet no one’s done it. And no matter how hard we try and how many medical breakthroughs we see, death is still around. But there’s good news – God has taken care of that for us. All you have to do is simply put your faith in Jesus. 

Man will always fail us because we’re limited in our understanding. But if we’ll put our faith in Jesus Christ and trust in His death and resurrection for forgiveness of our sins, we’ll cheat death and live forever!


Prayer Challenge:

Thank God for providing eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ!


Questions for Thought:

When you think about the day you’ll move from this life to the next, what anxieties do you have?

 How does having eternal life in Christ bring comfort to those anxieties?


Avoiding the cancer of concealed sin

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

— James 5:16

Robert Wood Johnson, former chairman of Johnson & Johnson, had a reputation for being especially stringent when he inspected his manufacturing plants. One day, a plant manager got a tip that Johnson was on his way and would arrive at the plant in 30 minutes.

The manager hastily had things spruced up by ordering several large rolls of paper transported to the roof of the building. When Johnson arrived, he was furious. His first words were, “What in the world is all that junk up there?” Unbeknownst to the manager, Johnson had arrived by helicopter and landed on the roof!

Many times in our lives, we can find ourselves in a similar situation where we feel the need to clean ourselves up in order to impress someone else. Perhaps we’re meeting with someone whom we see as “extra spiritual,” so we move some things around in our lives to make it look like we have it all together. 

But the truth is, when we rearrange our lives to look cleaner, we’re doing nothing more than concealing the very things that need to be dealt with in our lives. So instead of hiding the ugliness, find safe people who can help you address it. Open the doors of those unkempt closets in your life and invite others to help you clean them out!


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would open your eyes to any sin you’ve been concealing so you can deal with it in a healthy way.


Questions for Thought

Why do you think it’s so tempting to sweep our sins under the rug so we appear to have it all together?

Who is one person you can invite into your life to help you expose those sins and deal with them in a healthy way?


Where to turn in dark days

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

— Psalm 34:18

A man was sitting beside his young son’s bed. His son had been diagnosed with a fatal kidney disease, and his time was growing short. As the boy lay dying, the man picked up his journal and wrote…

Sitting at the bedside of my dying son at 3:48 in the morning. Weeping like crazy. Bertrand Russell once said that “no one can sit at the bedside of a dying child and believe in God.” Well I beg to differ. My faith is the thing that strengthens me. How else can I make it through? We cannot do anything else.

This fire drains away everything else. Nothing else satisfies my soul. I would love to save my son. I would easily give my life for his, but God has not chosen that path for us. He has chosen a vale of tears, but He will walk through it with me.

God doesn’t always give us an easy path in life. But in the midst of sorrow and pain, He walks through our dark days with us. And while we may not understand the purpose of our pain this side of heaven, we can be sure His plan is perfect.

He’s there in your dark days. Turn to Him!


Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to remind you of His promises to be with you on your darkest days.


Questions for Thought:

Why do you think many people forget God when hard times hit?

What trial are you going through today that you need God’s help to navigate?


The key to becoming a better Bible student

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

— Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Pastor Joseph Parker ministered for years at City Temple in London, England. One morning, an elderly woman walked up to him after a service and thanked him for shedding some much-needed light on a particular Bible story. 

“Dr. Parker,” the woman began, “you do such a wonderful job explaining the Bible. Did you know until this morning, I had always thought Sodom and Gomorrah were husband and wife?”

Biblical ignorance can sometimes make people feel uneasy, especially if they’re around others who seem to know more than they. This uneasiness can sometimes lead to discouragement, causing a person to think, “I’ll never be as well-versed in the Scriptures as that person.” 

The truth, however, is that no one is born knowing the Bible. And for every person you think about who seems to be a “super-Christian” and know all the right verses, there are others who know much more. 

Don’t be discouraged if you’re not as knowledgeable about the Bible as you’d like to be. Start today and spend time getting to know it better. When you do that, you’ll take the first step toward becoming a better student of the Word of God!


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would help you become a better student of His Word by reading it daily.


Questions for Thought

Think of one person whom you regard as well-versed in the Scriptures. How do you think he/she got to that point? 

Can you think of someone you know who can hold you accountable to spending daily, intentional time in God’s Word?


Daily Living Devotional: How can you promote unity in the body?

My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?

— 1 Corinthians 1:11-13

A man and his wife were walking through a park in Miami one afternoon when they saw a Cuban family enjoying a picnic. The family was tossing scraps of bread to a raccoon and saying repeatedly, “Oye, chico, ven aca” (Come here, boy!). 

The man thought for a moment and laughed. He confessed to his wife that his first reaction was, “That’s silly. Raccoons don’t speak Spanish!” 

Whatever our background, it’s our nature to see the world through our own experiences. This can sometimes create a problem when well-meaning people from different backgrounds try to resolve conflict, each carrying his or her own assumptions for how the world “should” work.

When we look at much of the disunity in our churches today, this has been the crux of the issue: People from different ages, races, and backgrounds come together with their own ideas of how Christianity works. But the truth is that these ideas are just that… ideas. They’re preferences based on our own life experiences. 

To have unity in our churches, we as members must submit our preferences to a simple question: What is the best way to carry out the Great Commandment of loving God and loving people? So instead of just fighting for what seems right to you, question your own assumptions and be part of the conversation for how to move forward in unity!



Prayer Challenge

Ask God to help you see your opinions on non-biblical matters as secondary to unity in the Body of Christ.


Questions for Thought

Think of a time when a disagreement arose with another believer over a non-biblical matter. What happened?

How might having a unity-focused perspective on your own opinions help you the next time you encounter a conflict like that?


Daily Living Devotional: How to increase your spiritual endurance

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

— Psalm 46:10

Dick Wade, a sportswriter in Kansas City, wanted to find out how much “action” really occurred in a regular baseball game. So he took a stopwatch to a game and counted the time it took the ball to leave the pitcher’s hand and reach the plate, as well as the time the ball was actually in play. 

Wade discovered that in the 2-hour and 28-minute game, the amount of action was only about 8 minutes and 30 seconds. 

There’s something to be said, though, when it comes to a sport like baseball. Because of the “down time” in a game, baseball players are able to play 162 games a year almost daily during the regular season. Football players, however, have much more action in their game. Yet, they’re only able to play 16 games, one per week, with many more instances of injuries on the field.

This can tell us something about the importance of “down time” in the Christian life. For people who are always “blowing and going,” their endurance can often cause them to exhaust themselves. Yet, for those who make down time a priority, they tend to have more energy for the long haul.

Make down time a priority. Take time to rest in the Lord. When you do, you’ll have much more endurance to continue going and growing strong in Christ!



Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would help you find times for rest in Him to increase your long-term spiritual endurance.


Questions for Thought

Have you experienced “burn out” in the Christian life? How might times of rest have helped you to avoid that?

What can you begin doing today to make resting in the Lord a priority and increase your spiritual endurance?


Daily Living Devotional: What growing older really means for you

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.

— 2 Corinthians 4:16

A new member of the bridge club showed up one afternoon wearing a beautiful gold locket. Another player approached her and said, “That’s such a lovely piece. Do you keep a memento in it?”

“Yes,” the woman answered. “It’s a piece of my husband’s hair I keep to help me remember.” 

“Oh, I’m so sorry,” the player replied. “How long ago did he pass away?” 

The newcomer quipped, “Pass away? Oh, he’s still alive. It’s his hair that’s gone!”

Someone once said, “Do not regret growing older. It is a privilege denied to many.” And with so much focus today on doing whatever it takes to stay young, many people completely miss out on a biblical understanding of what it means to age. They miss the fact that their gray hairs, baldness, wrinkles, and aches all have a purpose in the plan of God. 

So what is the right biblical understanding of aging? Well, as we see in today’s passage, aging is a lifelong tradeoff of the physical for the spiritual. Young people may have more physical vitality, but are usually less mature spiritually. As we get older, however, we may lose our physical strength, but we grow spiritually and become more equipped to invest in others’ lives. 

Be willing to make that tradeoff. Don’t despise growing older. Instead, embrace your aging as a sign that while you may lose physical vigor, you’re growing each day in your spiritual strength!


Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to give you a right understanding of aging as a lifelong tradeoff for something much better than physical strength.


Questions for Thought

What is the one thing that gives you the most anxiety about aging?

How might this proper understanding of growing older as a tradeoff change your attitude toward aging, as well as impact your relationship with God and others?


Daily Living Devotional: Is superstition ever okay for Christians?

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather train yourself to be godly.

— 1 Timothy 4:7

For centuries, well-educated and literate people thought it to be of the utmost importance to get out of bed on the right side. The thought was that to get out of bed on the left side provided easy access for evil spirits. And to this day, people will still ask those who seem to be having a bad day if they “got out on the wrong side of the bed.” 

There’s nothing in the Bible about the left side of the bed providing access for evil spirits. It’s simply a superstition, a belief that really has no basis in fact, yet has been regarded as truth for many people.

If you’ve ever knocked on wood to keep something you say from materializing or made a wish before you blew out your birthday candles, you’ve participated in practices that are rooted in superstition. But does that make those things inherently wrong? 

The answer to that question is a subjective one… What does it really mean to you? If you see these practices as nothing more than fun and don’t assign spiritual power to them, then there’s probably nothing wrong with what you’re doing. But if you truly believe you can manipulate the unseen world through practices like these, you may be treading into unbiblical superstition.

The ultimate question is this: Where do you seek spiritual power? Instead of finding power in the material world, find it in Christ alone – not unbiblical myths!


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would reveal areas where you’re trusting in superstition rather than in Christ for spiritual power.


Questions for Thought

What attitude do you think is at the core of the human tendency toward superstition?

How are you tempted when it comes to assigning spiritual power to worldly things rather than focusing on the death of Christ?


Can good works ever earn you heaven?

All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

 Isaiah 64:6

When her father was President, Amy Carter came home from school one Friday night with an assignment to write a paper answering a tough question about the Industrial Revolution. Amy sought help from her mom, Rosalynn, who was also baffled and decided to seek clarification from the Labor Department.

A “rush” was placed on the request since the assignment was due Monday. The Labor Department, thinking it was a question from the President himself, cranked up the government computer and kept staff working overtime all weekend.

A massive computer printout was delivered to the White House on Sunday, and Amy showed up with her paper at school the following day. Her teacher, however, was not too impressed. And all the work and overtime by those employees only merited Amy a “C” on her paper. 

Under the Law of Moses, obedience to God was quite a process. Any devoted Jew today will still attempt to dutifully carry out hundreds of the commandments of the Law found in the Old Testament. Yet as the prophet Isaiah wrote centuries before Christ, mindlessly jumping through all the hoops of the Law won’t give anyone a passing grade. In fact, it’s absolutely worthless. 

It doesn’t matter how hard you work for salvation. What matters is your faith in Christ. So instead of focusing on all the things you need to do, focus on your trust in Christ for your salvation! 


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would help you trust in Christ, not your good works, to earn you eternal life.


Questions for Thought

If God’s standard is absolute perfection, do you think anyone’s good works would stand up before Him?

Why do you think it’s easy for many people to focus on good works instead of Christ to get them to heaven?


How God can really soften a hard heart

For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 

1 Corinthians 15:9-10

As he approached the end of his life, atheist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre declared, “I do not feel I am the product of chance, a speck of dust in the universe, but someone who was expected, prepared, prefigured. In short, a being whom only a Creator could put here; and this idea of a creating hand refers to God.”

This was a shocking turn for Sartre, who had spent much of his life ardently defending atheism. After his death, his long-time lover Simone de Beauvoir protested, saying, “How should one explain the senile act of a turncoat?”

For Sartre, this change of heart went against almost everything he had ever espoused in his life. And while he most likely didn’t embrace Christ before his death, who can deny that he had begun to see the light?

As we look at unbelievers, there are many who, like the apostle Paul before his conversion, seem to be beyond hope. They’ve hardened their hearts again and again, and it doesn’t seem like they’ll ever come to the truth. But like Paul, we should never lose hope that they may see the light of Jesus.

Don’t give up on anyone. Keep praying and sharing Christ, trusting that God can soften even the hardest heart!


Prayer Challenge

Ask God to give you a heart for even the most hardened unbelievers and to never give up hope they’ll see the light of Christ.


Questions for Thought

Who are some people who come to your mind that seem to be hardened beyond hope?

How can you as a believer in Christ continue sharing God’s love with people with hard hearts?


Wear your scars with pride

From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.

Galatians 6:17

Larry Holmes, the undisputed heavyweight-boxing champion from 1978 to 1983, was a sparring partner of Muhammad Ali in his younger days. But every time the not-so-famous Holmes would tell someone he was Ali’s training partner, no one believed him. Holmes wrote in his biography, “I had to pull out pictures of me with him to prove it!”

Finally one day, despite all the protective gear during the training sessions, one punch of Ali landed squarely on Holmes’ right eye. Instantly, Holmes got the black eye he needed. He didn’t put ice on it, and he didn’t wear dark glasses. He went around telling people, “Muhammad Ali gave me this black eye.”

Holmes was proud of the fact that he bore on his body the mark of Ali’s training partner. And when we suffer for the sake of the gospel, we can be proud of that too – just like the apostle Paul in today’s passage.

When others chastise and insult you for bearing the name of Christ, let that be your badge of honor. Take pride that you share in the sufferings of Christ and use your sufferings to bring glory to Him!


Prayer Challenge:

Pray and thank God for the chance to share Jesus – and even suffer for His name!


Questions for Thought:

Have you ever suffered for the gospel? How?

How might God use your suffering to bring glory to Himself?


The priceless value of the gospel you carry

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

Romans 1:16

One foggy night in London many years ago, a poor man shuffled into a quaint little music shop on the edge of town. Under his right arm, he held an old violin in terrible condition. “My good sir,” the man said to the shopkeeper, “will you please buy this violin from me so I can get something to eat?”

The clerk took a quick look at the instrument and said, “I have many violins, so I can only give you 5 pounds for this one.” The man agreed, and departed with the money into the foggy night.

As the shopkeeper examined the old beat-up violin, he could hardly believe what he saw carved into the wood: “Antonio Stradivari… 1704.” He ran out into the street to find the man and give him a fair price. But he was gone.

Many Christians are a lot like that poor man. They carry with them something of unimaginable value, the gospel, yet have no idea how much it really is worth. But the truth is, for those who are spiritually dying, it’s the most important thing you could ever share with them.

Don’t go throughout your life concealing the power of God and keeping it to yourself. Understand the amazing power you have in the gospel and use it to rescue the lost from a Christless eternity!


Prayer Challenge

Pray that God would open your eyes anew to the gospel’s amazing value so that you’d be more eager to share it with others.


Questions for Thought

If the good news of Jesus has the power to save people from a Christless eternity, why do you think so many people hesitate to share it with others?

How might your life look differently if you really grasped the gospel’s true value?


Are you hearing God clearly?

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

John 10:27

An old golfer was standing in front of the first tee box, ready to take his shot. The hole was a tough one, surrounded almost completely by water. And the golfer was wondering if he should use an old golf ball, or a new one.

He decided the hole was just too precarious, so he reached in his bag and pulled out an old ball he could afford to lose. After placing it gently on the tee, he heard a voice above him say loudly, “Use the new ball!”

Frightened, he replaced the old ball with the new one and approached the tee. And again he heard the voice from above shouting, “Take a practice swing!”

The golfer obeyed the voice, stepped backward, and took a big practice swing. Feeling more confident, he approached the tee one more time when the voice again rang out, “Never mind, use the old ball!"

All jokes aside, God does speak to us in a variety of ways. It could be through the counsel of a friend, through a still small voice inside of us, or most importantly, through His Word. And He’s always speaking – we just have to listen.

Jesus says that His sheep know His voice. So stay in the Word and follow Jesus – and you’ll hear God’s voice!


Prayer Challenge:

Ask God to make His voice clear to you and give you ears to hear when He speaks!


Questions for Thought:

How have you heard God speak to you in the past? What did He say?

Is there a situation in your life today where you could use a word from God?


What it means to give your life for Christ

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

Romans 12:1

The chaplain walked in and saw the soldier lying on the bed. The news was bad. His leg had been terribly injured and had to be amputated. Now, it was up to the chaplain to break the news to the wounded soldier.

“Son,” the chaplain spoke as the drowsy soldier opened his eyes, “you’ve lost your leg in a great cause. You’ll never walk again. I’m sorry.”

The soldier’s parched lips opened as he struggled to make the words come out, “I didn’t lose my leg. I gave it.”

When we enter eternity, we’ll either be known as people who lost our lives, or gave them for a greater cause. And the key factor in how we’ll be remembered isn’t necessarily our means of departure (we don’t have to be martyred to give our lives), but it’s how we live every day.

If you want to give your life to a greater cause – live for that cause right now. And of course, there’s no greater cause, nor a greater King, than Jesus Christ. Live daily for Him and give your life for the sake of His Kingdom!


Prayer Challenge

Pray and ask God to help you live for Christ daily and give your life for the sake of the gospel.


Questions for Thought

When you think about those who’ve given their lives for Christ, what comes to mind?

How can you begin giving your whole life for Christ today?