Tozer Devotional

Thu, May 17, 2018

Good Examples and the Other Kind

A second work the Christian is called upon to do is that of setting a holy example before an unholy world.


"You are the light of the world. . . . Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven" (Matthew 5:14a, 16).


In accord with this Paul exhorted his friend Timothy, "set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity" (1 Timothy 4:12).

The third responsibility the Christian has toward his fellow believer and toward the world is to do, in the language of another, "all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as ever you can."

The Scriptures present a charming picture of the ideal woman, and one feature present is the practice of good works. Lemuel’s description of a virtuous woman in the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs shows us one who is not only morally pure, but hard working and industrious too, and along with her housewifely activities she manages also to do many good works for others: "She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy" (Proverbs 31:20). Paul required that the women believers in the early Church "dress modestly" with modest apparel and good deeds (1 Timothy 2:9–10). Before an elderly woman could be "put on the list of widows" (obviously received into the first Christian home for the aged), it had to be shown not only that she had professed to be a Christian but that she was "and is well known for her good deeds, such as bringing up children, showing hospitality, washing the feet of the saints, helping those in trouble and devoting herself to all kinds of good deeds" (5:10).

Verse

In everything set them an example by doing what is good. Titus 2:7a

Thought

Like it or not, we are all setting examples. But what kind of example—good, indifferent, bad? As followers of Christ, it is good models that we are to be. And that can only happen as we appropriate the enablement of the Spirit in daily living.

Prayer

Only by Your enablement, Spirit of God, can I set a good example.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 7 - The Art of Doing Good Unobtrusively--Part I

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