A weekly devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb
While reading the Wall Street Journal this week an advertisement for Standard & Poor’s caught my attention. The gist of the ad was that four specific words characterize Standard & Poor’s rating services: People, Purpose, Practices, and Progress. But as I thought about each of these words, I realized that this should also be what others see in those who profess to be 21st century disciples of Jesus Christ.
People – our relationship with others is to be marked by humility and compassion. Consider Jesus’ instructions to his disciples in the upper room,”…the world will know you are my disciples if you love one another.”
Purpose – we live with a clear mission, spelled out for us in the Westminster Confession of Faith. The chief end and purpose of man is to glorify God and to enjoy His presence forever.
Practices – as followers of Jesus Christ we have are not to be just hearers of the Word but doers of the Word, for faith without works is dead.
Progress – the Christian life calls for our increasing sanctification or maturity in Christ.
In the pastoral epistle of 1 Timothy, Paul offers Timothy spiritual investment advice when he commands him (and us) to “Practice these things (the contents of the letter), devote yourself to them, so that all may see your progress.”
Remember, it’s not a question of if people are watching you, but who are they seeing in you?