MOHC Blog

A daily dose of encouragement from Pastor David Chadwick. 

Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is your entire life under the control of the Holy Spirit? Are you living your life in a way that is pleasing to God?   Let’s continue to look closely at the outward marks of a Christian, which reflect an inward life connected to Jesus. By doing so, we’ll ensure we are faithfully following Jesus in all areas of our life. Another mark of a Christian is this: “Outdo one another in showing honor” (Romans 12:10b).                       Used here, honor is synonymous with respect. It means we see others as priceless. Invaluable. Irreplaceable. We hold them in higher esteem than we hold ourselves. It appears that competition among believers is permitted in Scripture in only one circumstance – when showing honor. Therefore, Christians should compete with one another in this way. Can you imagine a church family trying to outdo one honor with honor? Saying that you are more important than I am? If so, I’ll show you a church family that people can’t wait to enter and be a part of.

Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is your entire life under the control of the Holy Spirit? Are you living your life in a way that is pleasing to God?   Let’s continue to look closely at the outward marks of a Christian, which reflect an inward life connected to Jesus. By doing so, we’ll ensure we are faithfully following Jesus in all areas of our life. Another mark of a Christian is this: “Love one another with brotherly affection” (Romans 12:10a).                       A gathered body of believers should “feel” like a large family. A family in which God is our Father, the church is our mother, and Jesus is our big brother, protecting us from harm.  Therefore, our attitude toward fellow believers in our church – the family of God – should reflect the same love, care, and tenderness that we would show to our siblings - whom we love - in our nuclear family.  It’s an instinctual, familial love. You share the same gene pool. The same last name and identity. Love usually isn’t forced. That’s why coming together in regular corporate worship is important. Because it’s difficult to deeply love someone with whom you rarely spend time - especially a family member.  Do you love your church family with brotherly affection? Are you committed to gathering together regularly – whether it’s online or in-person? Loving other Christians is an important mark of genuine followers of Jesus.

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Is Jesus the Lord of your life? Is your entire life under the control of the Holy Spirit? Are you living your life in a way that is pleasing to God?   Let’s continue to look closely at the outward marks of a Christian, which reflect an inward life connected to Jesus. By doing so, we’ll ensure we are faithfully following Jesus in all areas of our life. Yesterday, we looked at abhorring evil. Today, we’ll look at how to do so: “Hold fast to what is good” (Romans 12:9b).                        Holding fast to what is good is one way to hate evil.  It’s God’s counterpunch to evil. When you hold fast to something, you cling to it. With a clenched fist tightly gripped. Determined to not let go. Imagine your fingers tightly gripping a ball. Refusing to let it go to an opponent who wants to rip it from your hand.  Similarly, now imagine your heart tightly gripping good. When we “grip good” with determination, it shows in the ways in which we do good. How? Find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it. Among your neighbors. Those who live in your city. Around the world. Be the hands, feet, and heart of Jesus all day long. Do you live and love as a genuine Christian should? Are you on the lookout for ways to thwart evil? And do good? Because holding fast to what is good is another mark of a genuine follower of Jesus.