By PASTOR LESLEY RADIUS

Trinity Lutheran Church

SDLqThey say they know God, but their actions speak louder than their words." Titus 1:16a (The Message)

I have been reading the "Christian Atheist." It poses a question with which I am wrestling. Do my actions really reflect who I say I am? Do I believe in God but live as if he doesn't exist? How about you, dear reader, do you believe in God, but live as if he doesn't exist?

The author, Craig Groeschel, asks many questions that can help us better see how our actions truly reflect our beliefs. he asks if we really know God, not just by reputation, not just knowing about God, but do we really know Him the way best friends or spouses know each other?

What is our answer? Would people know our answer by our actions?

Pastor Groeschel continues to ask questions that help us examine if our walk matches our talk. The questions ask if we believe in God, do we also believe in the power of prayer and do we practice that form of communication with God in our own lives and with others?

If we believe in God, do we share our faith? If we truly believe in God, but we worry all the time, what does that say about whom we really are?

All of these are wonderful questions for us to contemplate and ask ourselves as we seek to journey with our Lord and Savior. Do our actions truly reflect who we say we are? Another good test for checking if our actions reflect who we say we are is to check what type of fruit our life is bearing.

Paul tells us in Galatians 5 if we are living "God's way," our lives will bear fruit "like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We will develop willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people."

As you prepare for Sunday and worship with your faith community, I invite us to ask ourselves the questions of Pastor Groeschel and of Paul. How does our life reflect our beliefs? What kind of fruit is our life bearing?

My prayer for each of us is our actions reflect who we say we are. One of my favorite songs of my teen years was, "They will know we are Christians by our love, by our love."

My prayer is that it is true. People will know we are Christians by our love.

May God bless us as we share Christ's love and live knowing and acting that Christ does exist.

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