“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“The Only Sermon There Is”

(Please read Matthew 5:14-16)

September 10

Our title is taken from remarks by the late Brother Virgil Scott, a gospel preacher, at a Louisiana church on New Year’s Eve several years ago.

The full quotation is, “‘The Christian Life’ is really the only sermon there is! It’s the sermon all Christians are preaching, every day. It’s the only message we transmit which the world can transcribe on its own receiver. By the way, are we ‘coming through loud and clear,’ or is our signal somewhat garbled?”

Our text seems to be alluding to such daily preaching, doesn’t it? Jesus recognized that his followers would be under scrutiny by a watching world, and he wanted them to give the watchers something worthwhile, something that would cause the watchers to praise God.

In the same sermon Jesus admonished, “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:1, NIV). So he wanted his disciples to be seen doing good works for the right reason – to serve God by serving others.

A lady in a small West Texas town, who had never appeared to be religious, began attending a church there and soon she and her husband were baptized into Christ. She said she had been so impressed by the conduct of a teenage boy who was a friend of her son that she wanted to be part of the church that helped produce such a fine young man. And the boy didn’t even know he was preaching!

May the Lord bless you in your “preaching” today.

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