Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 42:8-9
What we say cannot stand alone, but we must back it up with what we do. I love these verses in Isaiah because God is saying, “Look, I talk the talk, but I also walk the walk. All you need for proof of my faithfulness in the future is to look at my faithfulness in the past.”
What do people see when they look at the former actions by our denominations, congregations, or those representing Christianity? Do they see us simply talking a good game, or are we walking the walk?
—F. Douglas Powe Jr., in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
How consistent are you in demonstrating by your actions that you are a follower of Christ? Join the conversation.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Prayer for the Week
All-seeing God, may our words and our actions help others to
see you. May we talk the talk and walk the walk as Christians.
Prayer by F. Douglas Powe Jr.
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This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023. Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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