By Mark Flattery
Today's Scripture: Acts 15:1-35
Central Thought: Salvation comes by believing in Jesus Christ.
There was a man who played golf regularly with his friends from church. He wore clothes that were just like those worn by professional golfers. He had the best equipment money could buy and talked as if he was ready to join the professional tour. He looked and acted the part. While he adhered to the external aspects of the game, he missed out on what was most important: he was a lousy golfer.
What makes a person a Christian? You may recite words that true believers should speak; you may attend church regularly; you may even tithe faithfully. However good these works may be, they will not grant you entrance into heaven. Our salvation is 'through the grace of our Lord Jesus” (Acts 15:11, NIV), and not due to our adherence to rules and regulations.
As we travel on our spiritual journey with the Lord, we must remember that what is most important is our relationship with Him. Our behavior should be an expression of our love for Him. Do not fall to the temptation that looking the part will gain favor with God. Humanity looks at the externals, but God looks at the heart. He knows our motives and will not be fooled by our attempts to impress Him. He desires us to be honest before Him and to be like Jesus.
Devotional Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank You that I am saved because of my faith in You as my Savior and Lord. Help me to be like Jesus in everything that I say and do.
Today's Bible Reading: II Kings 4:18-5:27; Acts 15:1-35; Psalm 141:1-10; Proverbs 17:23