because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Philemon 1:5
No matter where a person goes in the world, people hear other people talking about other people all the time. Those being talked about are often famous people or people in the headlines, but there are also local people that they work with or are around that are being talked about.
Occasionally one will hear good news about a person, but often it is only negative news being talked about a person.
In this short book to Philemon, Paul talks about how he hears about Philemon’s love for God’s people and about his faith in Jesus.
Every person has a reputation with those who know him and are around him. No one can completely hide and be isolated from everyone else. People are watching what a person says and does and then begins to talk about it.
The thing that stands out the greatest in watching others is what they are doing and if they are true to what they are saying. Many people will say one thing, but do the absolute opposite thing.
Believers in the church are supposed to be like Jesus in everything that they say and do. The greatest things that Jesus did was show love to others and show complete faith in God.
Too often in churches, people are cutting others down, rather than showing love. Many will also worry and fret over things, rather than trust God through situations.
When a person is showing love all the time towards others and is showing complete faith in God, he will stand out as different. Both people in and out of the church will notice it and talk about it. Their reputation will precede them.
As a believer, people in and out of the church are also watching you in what you say and do. As they are watching, they are also talking about you.
When they see you, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone who loves others unconditionally? Are they seeing someone who is putting complete faith in God?
Be willing to examine your life and see where you really stand with God and others. Allow God to change your heart and make you more like Jesus.
Give the people something to talk about that points them back to God and His work in your life.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s love for all people; that you will have complete faith in God; that others will see your love and faith in God; and that your life will point others towards Jesus.
I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Acts 20:21
When a person goes to court, he is required to make a declaration of his standing on whatever the case is about. It is a statement that whatever he says is factual and true about a situation that has been witnessed.
People make declarations all the time about various issues in their life or about the public life around them. Most declarations have little to do with other people, but some will effect what others think or do.
Paul pointed out that he had made a declaration to everyone. His message was the gospel message of repentance and faith in Jesus.
While many things can be declared or talked about, there is only one major priority that every one needs to hear. Many people are quick to declare their belief in politics, entertainment, or sports, but few are willing to make a declaration in what is truly important for all eternity.
The people of this world are dying without knowing the truth or having access to eternal life. Very few are willing to let people know the truth of Jesus. Believers have ignored their true mission that Jesus had given them to do.
Every believer has been given the same commission. They are to proclaim the gospel message to everyone that they can speak to. This message is that God loves them, they need to repent of their sins and have faith in Jesus. As one speaks these things he is making a declaration of the truth.
All the people of this world need to hear this declaration of truth. No believer should be afraid to stand up and declare the truth of Jesus to those who need to hear it.
At some point in your life, someone had declared the truth to you. It was made known to you that you must repent and believe in Jesus for the salvation of your soul.
Now just as someone declared the truth to you, be willing to declare that same truth to others around you. Know that you know what you know and be willing to boldly proclaim it to this lost and dying world.
Do not hold back any truth that the people need to hear. Do your best to keep anyone from being prevented from hearing the truth of Jesus.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will boldly declare the truth of God; that you will be a witness of Jesus to those around you; and that you will declare repentance and faith to all who need it.