Spiritual and emotional challenge to authenticity
Acting Like Who We Are
Dr. Jed Snyder, Pastor, West Columbia, SC
It's planting season in South Carolina. The plants need to be well rooted or they will struggle to mature. Similarly, our faith needs to be rooted in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In one place Jesus spoke of the believer as a branch attached to a vine. He is the vine and in Him we can bear fruit.
If we have entered into a relationship with Jesus Christ, it was accomplished because He helped us place our faith in Him. Now our challenge is to act like we are honoring our Lord.
When I lived with an aunt and uncle, he said to me as I was going out with a young lady,. "Remember who you are." I was a Snyder. I was a nephew. I was a neighbor. Most importantly, I was a Christian. He wanted my behavior to reflect well on all aspects of who I was. This is the thinking of the Apostle Paul as he penned those few words.
Finally, an attitude of thanksgiving (abundant thanks) will flow from a correct understanding of our relationship to Jesus Christ. We are thankful for health, for food, clothing, a dwelling place, for family, friends and church family. But most importantly we are grateful for who God is and what He has done for us. None of us would willingly let our child die in the place of another's child, but that is exactly what God did for us.
Out of this abundant kindness, we can grow in all types of goodness. We can live happily as we are established in His grace.