Famous for Faith
-Romans 1:8 - 17
"First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world" (Romans 1:8).
Many churches today are famous and noted for several things. They boast of their architecture, glass windows, organs, choir and great orchestra, suave and eloquent preachers, the number of millionaires who attend their services, large membership and so on. In the passage under consideration, Apostle Paul talks about the church in Rome. He had not, up to the point of writing this epistle, been there physically but had heard so much of their faith in Christ. The church was famous for their doctrinal soundness. They did not just hold to those doctrines and creed and merely profess them in empty and dry recitations; they lived them out practically for all to see. It was this practical demonstration of their faith and profession everywhere they went that people took note of. It is worthy of note that the faith of the church in Rome became known through the spoken word, without the aid of any media. When a group of Christian is obedient to the Lord and propagates its faith, it doesn’t take long for a whole city or state or even nations to be talking about the group. A church should become famous because of its willingness to stand for and propagate the truths of the Bible, not by any of those things that would attract the media. Individual Christians make up the church; hence, we must practice our professed doctrines in our day-to-day living. This not only gladdens the heart of the pastor, but also reveals the genuineness of the faith that we profess and draw others to the Lord. This is what is most important to God. Are you known for real faith that others can testify to or an empty and hypocritical religious lifestyle? Let your faith become a testimony to the world.
Thought for the day: Let your faith inspire others to serve God.
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