The Marks of a Christian - Hold Fast to What is Good
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.