Words from the Heart for Saturday October 20th, 2018
Unlike many people, we aren’t selling God’s word to make money. In fact, it is just the opposite. Because of Christ we speak honestly before God. We speak like people God has sent.
II Corinthians 2:17 (NIRV)
Speak Honestly Before God
Accountability before the Lord as the One who sent us matters to God. Good stewardship includes handling the word of God correctly with purity in our motives. The Word has power and is for His glory and His intended purposes…not ours! Let us bring glory to the Lord in every way that we are serving Him.
A new study is showing a sharp contrast between what Canadian job-seekers believe they’re putting out there, and what human resources professionals think they’re getting. Reference checking company Xref’s Recruitment Risk Index found that 93 per cent of Canadians believe they have a “squeaky-clean jobseeker reputation,” and are extremely honest. But an overwhelming 82 per cent of HR professionals think job-seekers aren’t always being honest, and 7 in 10 believe a reference has lied to them on the phone.
There have been many in our lifetime that have brought shame to the name of Jesus and His Church. Far too many charlatans have appeared in the media, peddling their message like the old snake oil salesmen, making money off the Gospel and deceiving the gullible. The book of Acts records examples of this – Satan has always had those who made a mockery of the Christian faith. God speaks clearly about this in 2 Corinthians 2:17: “Unlike many people, we aren’t selling God’s word to make money. In fact, it is just the opposite. Because of Christ we speak honestly before God. We speak like people God has sent.” Salvation is a free gift. We can’t earn it and we can’t purchase it. But there have always been those who have tried to profit financially in the name of Jesus. So, Paul speaks clearly. As followers of Jesus we are called to live our lives so that others might see Jesus in us. This often requires self-sacrifice and a giving attitude. In contrast to those who are making a profit from religion, we are called to share all we have with others so that they might see Jesus’ love in action.
These have been words from the heart.