- Stay grounded in the goodness and power of God, and grateful for his blessing. You know: “God is great, God is good, and we thank him for our food.”
- Don’t say, do, or buy anything stupid. Three things to stay zipped up: your mouth, your pants, and your purse.
- Don’t be extreme about anything, except putting God first in your life and following the Lord Jesus to the letter.
- Do first things first. Prayer and the Bible before facing the world. Work before play. Sowing liberally before expecting a harvest.
- Bide your time. Oaks require years to mature. Weeds pop up overnight.
- There’s something to learn every day and from every person you meet.
- Share the best you have, which is the fullness of God in Jesus Christ.
- Never underestimate the power of the gospel and the power of your word on behalf of Christ. Speak up!
- Be motivated by love, and let that motivation be always in evidence.
- Pay the price of preparation, share the pain of suffering for the gospel, revel in the grace of salvation.
With Middle & High School basketball tournaments, College “March Madness,” High School & College football playoffs and bowl games, and the professional “Super Bowl,” nearly everyone should understand this Scripture: “if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules” (2 Timothy 2:5 NKJV). We know that spectators haven’t trained, practiced, and played during the season to be able to participate in these competitions. Paul said: “Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things” (2 Timothy 2:7 NKJV). No one should get the trophy who violates “the rules.” Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16 NKJV); AND, “Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death” (John 8:51 NKJV). Are you following His rules?
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.