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TODAY'S DEVOTION:    August 06, 2020

REVIVAL STARTS WITH YOU

Reflection:

 

How does the church gain the world's attention?

How will the local church catch the ears of those who so desperately need to hear the gospel?

It will only happen when Christians begin to get real with their faith and start living it out before men.

People are watching you.

So, when you say you will do something, do it.

When you fail at something, admit it.

Don't claw and scrape and climb over others like everyone else.

Trust that God is at work and settle for nothing less than the holiness and purity that He requires of you. Let this so establish itself in your character that it emanates from you before a needy and watchful world.

If our gospel will change the world, it must first change us.

These words are from an Anglican bishop who lived a few generations ago.

They were found among his last effects: "When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older, I discovered the world would not change. So, I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But, it, too, seemed immovable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one last desperate attempt, I settled for changing only my family—those closest to me. But, alas, they would have none of it. Now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realize, if I had only been changed, then by example, perhaps I could have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would then have been able to better my country, and who knows, I may have even changed the world."

This is where we must begin. Transformation must start inside out (2 Corinthians 5:17).

It must start with the person staring back at you from the mirror, the one willing to make any changes necessary—not for your own glory, but for the glory of God. Christ reminds us in Matthew 5 that "they [will] see your good works and glorify [the] Father in heaven."

Your ultimate purpose and joy will be in seeing others come to know the Savior as you have, for it is God who changes lives, and we are living testimonies of that.

For that reason, we are to be like mirrors in the world, reflecting His character. If the world is ever going to see God, they must first see Him . . . in us.

Prayer: 

Lord, make me a living reflection of Jesus Christ to the world, as well as to your church. Help me through the Holy Spirit to be truthful with my words and deeds that l may reflect the character of Jesus in my life and lead others to Him. I pray to You, in the Name of Jesus, Amen.  

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Matthew 5:16 (KJV)

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