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“And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way…” (Colossians 1:10).

We love because the Lord first loved us, though we were enemies to Him and separated from Him, and sent Jesus as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Christ’s love, therefore, is the motivating force behind all that we do, and from that love come our values of benevolence, edification, and evangelism. This is not just what we do; it is who we are as ‘Christians.’ All three values are wrapped up in the command to ‘live a life worthy of the Lord.’ We cannot remove one and still be pleasing to God. The most common way to do this is to leave out evangelism. This is one who still calls himself a Christian, comes to worship service and most classes to learn about Jesus, serves in many of the church’s projects out of his concern for the poor, but never reaches out to the lost around him with the gospel. This is a very selfish ‘Christian’ indeed, who having been rescued from darkness and brought into the kingdom of the Son, keeps the saving knowledge of redemption and forgiveness of sins to himself.

Is God pleased with the life you are living that you believe is worthy of Him?

Doug Kashorek
Plattsburgh, NY

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