For this is the reason the Gospel was preached ... so that they might be judged according to men in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 1 Peter 4:6
Years ago, a missionary in India was teaching the Bible to a group of Hindu ladies who seemed to be interested.
Halfway through the lesson, one of the women got up and walked out.
It wasn't long before she returned and listened to the lecture even more carefully than she had before. At the close of the meeting the missionary asked, "Why did you leave the meeting? Had I offended or bored you?"
"No, not at all," the lady replied. "Indeed, I was so impressed with what you had to say about the Savior Jesus that I went out to ask your driver whether you really lived the way you talked."
"When he said you did, I hurried back so I wouldn't miss out on anything."
A life that matches the words: that is what we look for in people, isn't it? We want folks to practice what they preach. Indeed, we get pretty discouraged when we find someone whom we trusted talking one way and living another.
One of the great things about God is that He always keeps His Word. How many people do you know that you can say that about -- all the time?
Well, you can say it about God. God keeps His Word -- every time -- all the time.
He says He loves you and He means it. Even more, in the Person of His Son, He has shown just how much He cares. That is why, this day and every day, no matter what else is going on in your life, you can be sure the Lord will keep His promises.
And, by God's grace, may we keep our promises of faithfulness to Him.
That's simple, because people are watching us to see if we practice what we preach. They may not be able to ask our "driver" about us, but they are still watching.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, help us to practice what we preach and live our lives as testimonies of thanksgiving to the Savior who has redeemed us. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries