Monday, May 25, 2020
How's your conversation?
Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27 KJV
The term conversation in the King James Version does not merely mean our talk with one another, but the whole course of our life and behavior in the world. The Greek word signifies the actions and privileges of citizenship—so we are commanded, as citizens of the New Jerusalem, to let our actions be appropriate to the gospel of Christ. What sort of “conversation” is this? In the first place, the gospel is very simple, so Christians should be simple and plain in their habits. There should be a simplicity in our manner, our speech, our dress, and our whole behavior that is the very soul of beauty. The gospel is supremely true—gold without impurity—and the Christian’s life will be dull and worthless without the jewel of truth. The gospel is fearless, boldly proclaiming the truth whether people like it or not, and we must be equally faithful and unflinching. But the gospel is also very gentle. Mark this spirit in its Founder: “He will not crush the weakest reed” (Isaiah 42:3 NLT). Some professing Christians are sharper than a thorn bush—such people are not like Jesus. Let us seek to win others by the gentleness of our words and actions. The gospel is very loving. It is the story of how the God of love relates to a lost and fallen race. Christ’s last command to His disciples was “love each another” (John 15:17). Oh, for more real, heartfelt love and communion among the saints, and for more tender compassion toward the souls of the worst, most vile people! Finally, we must not forget that the gospel of Christ is holy. It never excuses sin—it pardons it, but only through atonement. If our life is to resemble the gospel, we must avoid not only the darker vices but everything that would interfere with our perfect conformity to Christ. For His sake, for our own sake, and for the sake of others, we must strive every day to let our conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ. - C.H. Spurgeon Morning and Evening
So how's your conversation going with Jesus? Have you talked to Him at all lately? Have you spoken to Him at all without there being some form of crisis at hand? Or is that the only time you 'touch bases' with Jesus?
Honestly, inviting Jesus into your life to be your Savior, and after He comes in, wipes away your sin, to have Him wait in a corner like a butler is how many professing Christians do.
Prayer is to be like breathing. It's to be as food is for eating. It's to become natural to us.
When was the last time you really had a heart to heart with Jesus WITHOUT a crisis in your physical world?
When was the last time you had a conversation? You who are in Christ have been granted the right to speak to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Creator of the Universe because of your new life in Christ.
You received the greatest gift ever and would you leave the greatest part of that to waste? So my friend, this is as much to me as it is to you.
If even Jesus needed to talk with His Father all throughout His earthly life, how much more should we?
Think today where your heart is in this.
You know many Churches are trying to force a revival. I have been hearing of this from various denominations and pastors in recent years. Several today are trying to force one out of this recovery process. Truth is it only only only begins in much prayer. It requires a lessening of us and our wants and desires. It requires the kind of personal conversation with Jesus that likely we have never had before. Just know the deeper the conversation the more that is revealed. Action AFTER a revival is due to the work of the Spirit THROUGH the revival.
Personal is where your conversation with God always should be is that where it is?