Monday, September 28, 2020

Sanctify The Lord In Your Heart 1

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1 Peter 3:15 (NET) But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.

As a little girl, Tanya was very playful and easy-going. Her father didn't live with them for a while and there were many speculations in the neighborhood about where he really was. Some said he had gone abroad and married another wife and had another family. Tanya really loved her dad and she knew that the reason he was away was that he was in the military and was on a posting overseas. People could say all sorts of things around Tanya but if anyone started talking about her dad in a way she wasn't conformable, she was very vocal and unashamed in her defense of him. You could talk anyhow about a lot of things, but when it came to the matter of dad, everyone knew Tanya was ready to give an answer. This was because she loved, honored, and had a very high regard for her father in her heart.

When Christ is set apart as Lord in your heart, it would show in the way you talk about Him and respond to those who do. There are certain jokes about the church(his body), his servants, or even about His person that you wouldn't be able to laugh about, even if people are saying 'it's just a joke'.

In today's scripture, we also see that we are to always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope we possess. As believers, the Blessed Hope of our calling should so permeate us that people dealing with us would notice, and many times, would ask about it. When they do, we should always be ready to give an answer. This readiness is a product of learning and study.

Go into today remembering that when you sanctify Christ as Lord in your heart, your life would bear the fruits of submission to Him (see James 4:7).

Confession: Christ is my Lord and God.  I live in a manner that honors Him. My life is fruitful and gives God glory, In Jesus' name. Amen.

—Abraham Damilola Arigi

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