1 Corinthians 4: Who Do You Answer To?

Spiritual character is not measured by impressiveness of words. It is not measured by your mission trips or what preacher you know or what church you go to or how much money you can donate. It isn’t measured by how many Jesus t-shirts you have or the bumper sticker on your car or the cross wall in your house. Those are all things of this world. They are all cute to be sure, and your preacher friends are hopefully truly friends because they need true friends probably more than most of us. Spiritual character is measured in the power of your life. 1 Corinthians 20 “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.” The way you live your life holds power. What you do in the fire and the storms of life holds power. Your conduct holds power. If you profess to be a Christian, you are under a microscope 24/7 365. You are being watched. And your conduct just may be the reason someone walks to Jesus, or away from Jesus. None of us are perfect and that is also part of it. But it’s the day in and day out living of our lives that will make the difference. Vs 12-13a, “when reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we entreat.”

This is the pattern of our life that holds the power and will be the witness. We are Gods steward and we await no judgement of man, but we know that we stand or fall by the judgement of only one Master, and that is God. His standard is , and only is fidelity to him and not popularity with men.

Easy? Nope.

Worth it? Absolutely


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