Let it begin with you, and with me

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “Let it begin with you, and with me”
In Psalm 51:10 King David was reflecting on the condition of his own wicked heart and the horrible sin he had committed (He slept with another man’s wife and then had her husband killed). That’s the specific context within which that verse was written, but it also teaches a larger and important general Biblical principle which is this: focus less on other people’s sins and shortcomings and more on your own.
David wasn’t casting blame on others and he wasn’t pointing the finger at those whom he believed to be greater sinners than himself. The cry of his heart was: create in “me” a pure heart, O God, renew a steadfast spirit within “me.”
Now let’s apply this principle specifically to the theme of our devotional from yesterday to “Know, speak, and stand, for the truth.” None of us are as knowledgeable, verbal, or as bold and courageous for the truth as we should be. We can all do better. We all need to know more, speak up more, and take a stand more often than we do.
But doing so takes effort and it also takes desire. We have to want to know more; we have to want to speak more; and we have to want to courageously take a stand in the public square for the Biblical truths we know to be essential for the health and well-being of our society; and we have to be intentional about doing so.  
This is where we help each other as a Christian community. Personal example can be a powerful motivator. If others see you faithfully attending the gatherings of God’s people; if they know you diligently apply yourself to a deeper study of God’s Word; if they hear you speaking up for sound doctrine and Biblical principles; and if they see you courageously taking a stand for truth and justice; they will often be inspired by your example and they will be motivated to do the same.
It starts with you and it starts with me – as individuals. Let our prayer be: “Lord, create in me a heart that seeks the truth, speaks the truth, and stands for the truth.”
God bless,
Pastor Jim
(Join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church every Sunday at 10:00. Join us in-person if you are nearby or, if you are geographically distant or if you are a shut-in, join us online at www.YouTube.com/oakhillbaptistcrossville)    
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