4/11 The Acknowledgment Gap

Rise and Shine Cornerstone. Today Pastor Terry discusses what happens if we do good deeds, but never connect them to Jesus.

REFLECTION VERSE: Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! Psalm 115:1 (NIV)

Good morning Cornerstone it’s PT, back again, it’s time to Rise and shine. New day ahead of us! Let's do this together and live it out for God.

You know we’ve been looking at the idea of just being all in, and Jesus, and how He modeled for us the idea of a gapless life. There was no gap between He the Father. There was no gap between His words and the way He lived. We talked about the power of having good works, and how if we're not careful, if we just only know how to articulate a faith, but don't back it up with the way we live it's not going to have an effect. But the opposite is also true.

If we have the ability to live a good life, let's say, but we don't ever connect that goodness to the reality of who Jesus is, then people may come away from their time with us thinking, “Oh that's a good guy. That's a good person or that's a good woman.” Right? Somebody who represented the, you know, goodness. Like… people would be impressed with that.

But if it's not connected to Jesus, in some way, shape, or form, if we never are a person who can share words around it, it just almost becomes a disconnected good. I'm not saying it's bad. It just doesn't really have the depth and meaning that it was supposed to have. Because as we're told again in Matthew 5 that “We are to let our light shine before people they may seek God's goodness and glorify our Father who is in heaven.” Right?

So Lord we want to be a people who speak your words, not just live them out. We wanna do both! Not one to the exclusion of the other. Help us Jesus to be people of both good words and good deeds, in your name. That's what we want.