DayBreaks for 06/18/13 – Out “Living” Our Opponents

DayBreaks for 06/18/13 – Live Them Out

ToyohikoKagawaJohn 18:38 (KJV) – Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

Titus 2:7 (NLT) – And you yourself must be an example to them by doing good works of every kind. Let everything you do reflect the integrity and seriousness of your teaching.

Before and during WW2, a Japanese named Toyohiko Kagawa, a devout Christian, did amazing things and his faith caused him to have an extraordinary impact on the working conditions of ordinary citizens in Japan. He was so well thought of in that land that he came on a mission to the U.S. before the beginning of the Second World War to seek to prevent that terrible conflict breaking out. Even though he failed in this effort, he gained international renown for his Christian witness and selfless work.

Years later Kagawa was on a lecture tour to the United States. Two college students were walking across their campus after hearing him speak. One of them confessed that he was disappointed in Kagawa’s simple message.

After some reflection, the other student replied: “I suppose it really doesn’t matter very much what a man says when he has lived as Kagawa has lived.”

That is true. In today’s vernacular, it is more important that Kagawa walked the walk and not just talked the talk. A consecrated life is far more eloquent and convincing than any well thought out argument. The world will not accept the way of Christ because we can out talk our spiritual opponents, but only because we can out live them. Such a demonstration of the superior quality of our faith will verify our witness more readily than any other effort in which we can engage. Kagawa did that superbly. His life, however, was simply a reflection of the life of his Master.

Jesus walked the walk more perfectly than anyone who has ever lived. He lived out the ethic which he taught. He was totally committed to doing his Father’s will. He was a man of courage. He was a man of commitment.   

PRAYER:  Jesus, it is so much easier to talk the talk than to live the life you have called us to live.  Help us to out “live” our opponents!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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