Stand Out 

Genesis 39:21 KJV[21] But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
Christians are not ordinary people. We carry the presence of God and that makes a big difference between us and other people. Wherever we go, people must be able to see a difference us and the others. This is not automatic. You can’t expect to stand out if one does like others. Let us be faithful and have integrity in the little things, so that people will notice and give glory to God.

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The Inside

Matthew 23:23 KJV[23] Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Political correctness is creeping into the church today. Sometimes Christians would easier work on doing the outward right things like coming to church, giving tithes and offerings, etc, than on the inner matters of the heart. Some may go to church just to be seen, and don’t have a problem picking unnecessary calls or whatsapping while preaching is going on,etc which they wouldn’t dare do in interviews and other secular settings. Let us not focus on how people see us spiritually, but work on our salvation with trembling. God is more interested in the state of our inner man than how we appear on the outside.

Foundation 

Matthew 7:24-25 KJV[24] Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: [25] And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
The foundation is the most important part of any building. If we build our lives on people and material things, we will be found wanting because those things can easily fail us. On the other hand, if we build our core values and life on the Word of God, no matter the circumstance, good or bad, it never fails.

Life 

Isaiah 43:2 KJV[2] When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

John 16:33 KJV

[33] but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

The fact that one is a child of God does not immune one to life’s issues. Note the memory verse does not say that God, who knows the future from the beginning, will prevent the water and fire from coming our way but rather we will not be consumed. Thus we rest assured in our faith that nothing that comes our way can overcome us. He is the same God of Shedrac, Meshac and Abednego.

Choices 

Ruth 1:16 KJV[16] And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

Choices. The importance of choices can never be over-emphasized. Life is all about choices every second of the day, to do or not to do. The quality of your old age is a reflection of the choices one makes in one’s youth. In Ruth’s case, her name is mentioned among the ancestors of Jesus Christ. One’s choices can affect your next generation. Let’s choose wisely.

Faith

Habakkuk 2:4 KJV[4] Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith.

Faith is a personal matter. No one can believe in the place of another person. One’s level of faith in God determines how one lives in the midst of life’s uncertainties, and one’s worldview. No one can live by the faith of another. The righteous lives by *his* faith. Since faith comes by hearing, and that by the word of God, let us read it to know God more and increase in faith.

The End

Mark 13:13 KJV[13] but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Hebrews 13:5 KJV:

[5] for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

A good beginning is good, but a good ending is better. It is easy to start something, but more worthwhile to bring it to a successful end. As we’ve started this Christian journey, a lot of things come our way to discourage us. It’s a narrow road, and He never made a promise that the journey would be easy. He did promise that we would not have to do it all on our own.