DAY 96: Careful to be Honorable

Read: II Corinthians 8:16-24

Think: As Paul travels with a very generous offering from one city to another, he takes extra measures to keep the church from thinking he is being anything less than honorable with their gift, especially as God’s representative. He writes, “We are traveling together to guard against any criticism for the way we are handling this generous gift. We are careful to be honorable before the Lord, but we also want everyone else to see that we are honorable.” Paul gave this same advice but with an even broader perspective to another church, saying in I Thessalonians 5:22-23 (NLV), “Keep away from everything that even looks like sin. May the God of peace set you apart for Himself. May every part of you be set apart for God. May your spirit and your soul and your body be kept complete. May you be without blame when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

Act: You have probably heard someone say, “I don’t care what other people think I’m doing, just as long as God and I know it is right.” While this comment is a common way of thinking, it doesn’t come from biblical teaching. God’s word tells us that what others think of us matters. As Christians, we must be careful to model integrity and guard our (and God’s) reputation. Scripture warns us not to even “appear” to do wrong or evil. Why? Because the power of our testimony is weakened when people think less of us. Today, consider any area of your life—relationships, finances, actions, or speech—that might appear to be less than honorable. Allow God to speak deep into your heart about being set apart for Him, bringing greater honor to His name and making your life more impactful.

Pray: Dear Lord, as I finish out 100 days of faith in action, I want to finish strong. Give me a greater desire to bring honor to Your name. Help me not be resentful or resistant to being completely set apart for You. Show me any area of my life that could appear less than honorable. I need Your help, Lord, to live a holy life.  Amen.

Be full of faith today!