“Command and teach these things. Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in your speech, conduct, love, faithfulness, and purity. Until I come, give attention to the public reading of scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. Do not neglect the spiritual gift you have, given to you and confirmed by prophetic words when the elders laid hands on you. Take pains with these things; be absorbed in them, so that everyone will see your progress. Be conscientious about how you live and what you teach. Persevere in this, because by doing so you will save both yourself and those who listen to you (1 Timothy 4:11-16).

      I have a book entitled, “When You’re a Christian, the Whole World is from Missouri.”  In the book James Moore tells about running into a young man with that phrase emblazoned across the front of his T-shirt:  “When You’re a Christian, the Whole World is from Missouri.”

He stopped the young man and asked him what it meant.  The young man responded, “It gets lots of responses, comments, and questions. Actually, it’s a song title.”  Then he added, “You know, Missouri is the “Show-Me State,” and in a sense, that’s what the world is saying to us Christians: “If you’re a Christian, show me!  Don’t just talk the talk.  Let’s see you walk the walk,” Talking a good game is not enough.  The world needs to see us really live our faith.”

Well, the song title is right, and so was that young man.  The world is saying to us as never before, “If you are a Christian- show me!”

The point is clear, It’s not enough to just hear it preached from our pulpits; it’s not enough to just sing it in our hymns; it’s not enough to just talk about it in our Sunday School classes.  The Christian faith is a lifestyle!  It’s a way of living! And Jesus tells us how to do it.  And as we do it we will not only be a great witness to the world, but we will be blessed……we’ll find true happiness.

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