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December 28, 2014

Clergy Corner: How well do you relate?

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Posted: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 2:51 pm, Wed Jun 11, 2014.

How well do you relate to God and His word? There is a correct answer to this question … and there is the honest answer. 
 
Your actions dictate how well you relate. Within God’s word we can find precepts and promises. Most of those precepts are in the form of commands given by the Lord and many of the promises found in Scripture are conditional promises extended to us by God. 
 
Are you obeying the commands set forth by God (John 14:15, 21; 15:10; 1 John 2:3-4)? Are you meeting the conditions God has set forth to obtain the promises He offers (1 John 1:8-9; Rom. 10:9)? 
 
Your words dictate how well you relate. Our words manifest, to a great degree, what it is we believe God teaches through His inspired word. 
 
Does our doctrine glorify God or does it glorify men (2 John 9; Tit. 2:1; 1 Tim. 4:16)? Do we speak as the oracles of God or do we tend to speak as the oracles of this world (1 Pet. 4:11)? Do our words show a reverential awe for the wisdom and will of God or are we more interested in the wisdom of this world (Jas. 3:13-18)?
 
Your priorities dictate how well you relate. What do we put first in our lives? What takes precedence in our day-to-day activities? What are we passionate about and to what are we committed? 
 
The answers to these questions speak to our priorities. Can we truly say we are seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness first in our lives (Matt. 6:33)? 
 
Your desires dictate how well you relate. As we grow in love for Christ and His church, we should naturally find our appetites for this world and sin diminish. 
 
Do we love this world and the things in it (1 John 2:15-17)? Are we truly hungering and thirsting for righteousness (Matt. 5:6)? What have we given up for the Lord (Luke 14:26, 33; Matt. 16:24-26)? 
 
What kind of relationship do you have with God and His word (Psa. 119:97)? Is it casual or are you genuinely committed? 
 
Examine your faith (2 Cor. 13:5).
 
Jonathan Perz preaches for the Church of Christ in Moody, Alabama. You can reach him at www.moodychurch.us or by phone at 205-640-7124.

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