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October 7, 2023

Matthew 10:7
As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’

Often when we hear the words preach and heaven together, we think of verses from the Bible. Verses like… “For God so loved the world that He gave…” John 3:16. “But God demonstrates his own love for us…” Romans 5:8. Or maybe this verse… That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart… Romans 10:9

Although verses are of upmost importance when it comes to preaching about God, heaven and hell, often an aspect that is forgotten is how we are to live our lives. Often when I meet someone that I have not seen for quite some time rarely do they start off mentioning a sermon I preached or a blog that I wrote. Frequently the first thing that is mentioned is something I did for them, or something I said to encourage them, or something they saw me do when I had no idea they were watching.

It is true that without God’s Word it is impossible for anyone to become saved. And if people do not become saved, it is impossible to enter heaven. Yet if our lifestyles do not live up to God’s expectations, then often we will never be given the opportunity to “preach this message.” How you and I live our lives will either validate the message we preach, or it will discredit the importance of it.

It was Vance Havner who said, “Your walk talks and your talk talks, but your walk talks louder than your talk talks.” Celebrate your birthday today, enjoy the moment, but remember, often your lifestyle preaches before your words have the opportunity.

 Brian G

   ’54 / ’66   Columbia  SC

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