Food For Thought

Meridian Tribune

Bo’s owner and trainer decided to change Buster’s name from Buster to Bo because Buster no longer truly described him. I’m not sure, but I think Bo was short for Beauregard, a name from his bird dog family tree.

I know for fact, his old name Buster, as I first knew him, did not truly represent who he had become. He no longer crept up and busted a covey of quail before hunters could get there. He quit running aimlessly in circles around hunters, but worked the area where he was directed. On a rare occasion, when he was not the first to discover the scent of a covey of quail, Bo would honor the point of other dogs. He demonstrated all the characteristics of the prize-winning dog he had become.

James the apostle says undemonstrated faith is a dead faith. Repeatedly the Bible communicates that our actions truly demonstrate the faith we hold in our heart.

Paul the apostle says, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him.” (Titus 1:16a NIV)

Paul told Timothy, “Tell them (believers) to do good, to be rich in good deeds, to be generous givers, sharing with others.” (1 Timothy 6:18 NET)

John the apostle says, “Dear friend, you demonstrate faithfulness by whatever you do for the brothers, even though they are strangers.” (3 John 1:5 NET)

Peter instructs, “And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do.” (1 Peter 1:17 NLT)

What we do and what we demonstrate either crosses out or underlines the faith we proclaim. Saul became Paul when he became a new creation in Christ. A masterpiece of God’s that shines brightly today some 2000-plus years later.

Like Paul, we can become a prize winning masterpiece of the Holy Spirit, a new creation, trained and disciplined, displaying deeds that honor and give glory to God our Creator.

Remember, demonstrate you are a masterpiece worthy of the prize.

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