2007-11-21 - Lip Service
King Cyrus of Persia didn't just say things to get attention. He backed up his words with action. According to the book of Ezra, during his first year on the throne, Cyrus ordered to rebuild the temple in an effort to honor the Lord. As king, Cyrus was very specific in his commands. The temple would have a strong foundation, specific measurements, and a new wood floor. All the people of Jerusalem should have a part in working on the building, he commanded.
The king didn't just mean physical labor. People could provide finances, clothing, transportation, or offer supplies. The king himself vowed that all gold bowls and other valuable items originally taken from the temple would be returned.
The next time we agree to volunteer, or tell someone that we are Christians, be ready. We need to make sure we are able to back up our words, and not let them be just lip service.
Lord, Show me ways in which I may honor You. I want my actions and words to be trustworthy. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.