Not in word but in power
For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power. 1 Corinthians 4:20
What do people see when they look at your life. Do they see you living life from victory to victory or a life of problem to problem? Is your life one that will attract others to the Kingdom of Heaven or push them farther away? The attitude you have in life is a direct reflection of how God is working in your life. If you are focused on life’s problems and the people around you just hear about what is going wrong, they will see your life as no different than their own. In contrast, if others hear the testimonies of God bringing you through the troubles, that makes all the difference. The thing is that we are alike with those in the world in that we all go through trouble and problems. The secret is in who we trust to bring us through to success on the other side of trouble.
Today’s key verse talks about the people in Corinth coming up short in displaying the power of God in their daily lives. They were talking the talk, but did not have the testimonies to back up their talk. The apostle Paul urged them to follow his example of trusting God through all of life’s trials not and to be full of arrogant speech. There were many in the church who were bragging about their salvation, but did not trust God with the details of daily living. Paul said he wasn’t trying to shame or embarrass people in the church, but he wanted to see them living by trusting the power of God to lead them through life to overcoming victories every time.
This goes back to living a life consistently submitting all areas to the Savior. This is the way you can demonstrate the power of God in your life, also. By turning to Him with every care and concern and even the things you are not so stressed about, you are opening the door for His powerful hand to reach in and make all the difference in your life. A difference that will be noticed by everyone around you.
Today I want to encourage you to live your life by the power of God. Put away pride and arrogant speaking and most of all, stop talking about what is going wrong in your life. Instead, turn the attention to the power of God in your life. Let those around you hear you proclaim the goodness of God in all that He brings you through on a daily basis. Then and only then will the outside world be drawn into His love and kindness.
Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 4:14-21