Nov. 25: Living like an open book
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If you were told that someone was going to publish a book about your life, beginning from this moment on, is there anything you would change? At some point in the last few years I decided that I would live my life “like an open book.” I became convinced that if I was living for Christ, I should have nothing to hide.
I quickly realized that this would be a challenging motto to live by. If my life is an open book, I cannot keep secrets. Anything I do, I should feel comfortable doing in the presence of my grandparents or pastor. I believe it is this kind of self-awareness Paul is calling us to when he tells us to “wake up” in Romans 13:11-14.
He says that we must “put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the deeds of light” because “night is nearly over.” We have been called to a much higher purpose than pleasing our flesh; we are to love like Christ loved. If this is our focus, there is no shame. Our pages should be open for the world to see.
The convincing element of our story is not that we are able to accomplish perfection on our own, but that Christ’s love gives us power to overcome whatever the world throws our way. We need to wake up! “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ” so that your life may be a living testimony to all who read your story!
SCRIPTURE: Romans 13:11-14 (NRSV)