In the same chapter, Paul writes, "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" (v. 6). Is loving God-and, by extension, loving people-what you are about? Is it what being a Christian means to you? Do you live as though faith, demonstrated through love, really is the only thing that counts?
Note: The only thing that counts...
Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). Life isn't perfect when you follow Christ wholeheartedly; you will have trouble, Jesus says-it is pretty much guaranteed. But He has overcome the world. So take heart, keep on, fight the good fight, pray continuously, and do not grow weary.
Note: Fight the good fight...
The church in America loves to turn saints into celebrities, to make known the stories of humble people who have faithfully served Christ in some way. And there is much good that comes of that. In fact, in the next chapter we'll look closely at some examples. But there can be a tragic consequence to it: Too many of these people fall for the praise and start to believe that they really are something special.
Note: There is a danger we Christians have in making Tebow our spokesman. It isn't fair to him or God.
Oswald Chambers wrote, "Never make a principle out of your experience; let God be as original with other people as He is with you."20 To that I would add, "Be careful not to turn others' lives into the mold for your own." Allow God to be as creative with you as He is with each of us.
Note: Allow God to be as creative with you as he is with each of us.