March 6

Reflection

It is easy to say the right things but to not do them from the heart. It is easy to claim Christianity but to harbor prejudice and not imitate Christ’s inclusive compassion and love. The test of the sincerity of our faith in Christ is not about the externals. Attending church, hearing sermons, singing hymns, reading the Bible and many other good activities can actually cause us to be deceived. They may make us think we are faithful when in reality we are not. The foundation of a truly Christian life is to hear the teaching of Jesus and to act on it. Jesus does not demand anything spectacular only a complete honesty. The foundation of life needs to be built on obedience to the will of God as explained by Jesus. It becomes obvious in the everyday way in which we live not merely in what we say.

Prayer

Speak Lord, your servant is listening.

 Action

Read the entire text of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew’s gospel.
What is Jesus really saying?

 Suggested Reading

Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord, ’will enter the kingdom of heaven,
but only the one who does the will of God.
Matthew 7:21


Many people think that the mark of an authentic Christian is doctrinal purity; if a person’s beliefs are biblical and doctrinally orthodox, then he is a Christian. People who equate orthodoxy with authenticity find it hard to even consider the possibility that, despite the correctness of all their doctrinal positions, they may have missed the deepest reality of the authentic Christian life. But we must never forget that true Christianity is more than teaching – it is a way of life. In fact, it is life itself. When we talk about life, we are talking about something that is far more than mere morality, far more than doctrinal accuracy.
Ray C. Stedman

The depth of our spirituality does not depend upon changing the things we do, but in doing for God what we ordinarily do for ourselves.
Brother Lawrence

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion — it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.
Billy Graham

True faith does not contradict its words by its conduct.
Anonymous

While we may not be called to martyr our lives, we must martyr our way of life. We must put our selfish ways to death and march to a different beat. Then the world will see Jesus.
Michael Tait

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Saint Basil

Talking isn’t doing. It is a kind of good deed to say well; and yet words are not deeds.
William Shakespeare

When deeds speak, words are nothing.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

The man who sows wrong thoughts and deeds and prays that God will bless him is in the position of a farmer who, having sown tares, asks God to bring forth for him a harvest of wheat.
James Allen

Talk doesn’t cook rice.
Chinese Proverb

If your work speaks for itself, don’t interrupt.
Henry J. Kaiser

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