Your Greatest Intentions

Henry Ford once said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”  Pause to think about that for a moment.

Let me restate it this way, “Your greatest intentions can never compete with your simplest of actions.”

God puts it this way. ‘Faith without works is dead.’ James 2:26

The motivation of our hearts should be the same as is written in Psalm 143:10, “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.”

During this past Wednesday evening’s Bible study, we talked some of the relationship between the two words ‘orthodoxy’ and ‘orthopraxy.’ The word orthodoxy describes right thinking—theology, doctrine, Bible study, statement of faith, what you believe, and so on. The word orthopraxy describes right living—the way you live, love, marry, treat people, talk, interact, work, and so on. It seems that too frequently our orthodoxy and orthopraxy do not align.

In some cases, there may be substantial orthodoxy, right thinking and theology, but there is a great void when it comes to orthopraxy, living out those principles.

Let’s not be lulled into a negligent, passive attitude which hears God speak, yet does not respond through faith in action.

Let your first and primary focus be your relationship with God.  Then, show that relationship through your actions, attitudes, and words.  DO!

To ask a question based on Mr. Ford’s comments, “What reputation are you building?”

Increasing in Christ,
Pastors Gary & Alisa Linn