Practice What You Preach

The past always remains with us. For good or bad, what we are is a result of what we have experienced and what we have done in our past. While it may not always determine where we go in the future, it has a way of interfering with our present and how people respect us today.

To illustrate this, let me use an example from the life of the Duke of Windsor. Someone once asked him if they could create a motion picture from various segments of his life on film for continuous public presentations. He agreed to allow them to show the continuous footage from his life, so long as he could censor the film. The film that he had before censoring was 60,000 feet long. When he got through his censoring, only 12,000 feet remained in the film. Now, if you’re able to do some mathematics you would conclude that the Duke cut out four-fifths of the film. If someone were to approach you with the same project, how much film would you censor?

If we were to practice what we preached, we wouldn’t have to censor much in life, if anything at all.

In our text this Sunday (Romans 2:17-3:8), we will hear from Paul what it means to live a life that is more than just acknowledging God and His commands. If we don’t or won’t live in obedience, we fail miserably and are in desperate need of grace. Yet, hypocrisy reigns in our lives. We don’t even practice what we preach. As a matter of fact, we do the exact opposite. Therefore, we’re in need of a Savior.

You see, we’re all without excuse for our behavior. The Gentile for not acknowledging God, even when the invisible nature of God is seen clearly in creation and now the Jew for taking pride in his receiving the Law of God and his circumcision marking him as God’s possession, yet failing to live faithful in obedience.

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