Only Bible

Thank You, Father, for Your guiding hand and watch care yesterday. Even with all the things on my plate, I got a fair amount accomplished for Sunday’s service. I was also able to get my truck serviced with the accompaniment of my father-in-law and we got there and back safely. Praise You for Your love!

1 John 4:11-12 (<<click here)

Lord, as I read Your word this morning I think of the phrase “Be careful how you live; you will be the only Bible some people ever read.” It is supposedly a quote of a William J. Toms. Regardless of its origins, ultimately its truth is found in this passage of Scripture,

“Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

What do people see when the look at me? When I speak, when I act, when they come into contact with me, do they just see me? Or does Your love find “full expression” in me? I realize that I am still I am weak and far from perfect but nevertheless You are able to use me to touch the world. 2 Corinthians 4:7 comes to mind,

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

I, in my own strength and abilities, am powerless but with You filling me, Lord, I can live out Your love.  May my life truly reflect Your presence within me. May I strive to be careful how I live; I will be the only Bible some people ever read. Amen.

May 12th, Fri, 5:26 am