Banner Up!

A young boy was sitting on a bench in a park when a stranger walked by and stopped. Looking at Will and his dog, he asked, “What kind of dog is that, young fella?”

Thinking the man was making fun of his dog, Will responded, “He’s a genuine police dog, Sir!”

Looking at the dog once again, he said, “Police dog? He sure doesn’t look like a police dog to me.”

“Of course not,” said Will. “He’s in the secret service.”

Perhaps that can be said of many Christians: “They are in the Lord’s Secret Service.” They don’t want anyone to know who they are or who they serve.

Strange, isn’t it that the Christian life begins with a public confession of faith? A declaration that we willingly repent of our sins and choose to follow the Lord. God’s Word makes it clear that “If we tell others that Jesus Christ is our Lord, and really believe in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, we will be saved.”

It’s all rather simple, isn’t it? If we say it, according to God’s Word, we are to do it. On the one hand, it’s easy to profess Jesus in church, but it is quite different to live as He would have us to live in the workplace, the gym, the Parent-Teacher meetings, and the lunches with business partners, customers, or whomever we don’t see in church on a regular basis. But God’s Word says, "Set up your banners!”

Confession is much more than what Christians say. It is what a Christian does. Our words are important, but not nearly as significant as what we do - especially when we think no one is looking. Because, usually, someone is.

Prayer:  Lord, we only fool ourselves if we think we can fool You or others. May we be witnesses without words and walk our talk at all times. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture For Today:  May we shout for joy when we hear of your victory and raise a victory banner in the name of our God. May the Lord answer all your prayers. Psalm 20:5

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