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what version are you singing


A new Children’s Church series was starting soon. In preparation, I had been singing the song for the puppet skit again and again.


After several weeks, I finally had the words committed to my brain. After weeks of practice I was not singing it when I picked the grandkids up. Noticing the silence, my grandson, Max, said HE WANTED to sing it some MORE!


His older brother, Zac, quickly responded, “ok, but do you want to sing it the way mamawl sings it —or the way it’s supposed to sound?” (Oh mercy sakes!)

The world is watching to see how we handle every day life as Christians. Is our life “sounding” the way Jesus REALLY sounds? Or have we made our own version of the way Jesus “sounds?”


When I say, “I’m a Christian,” I’m saying, “I represent Christ.” It is important that I’m in the Word and in close relationship with Jesus. Spending time in God’s Word changes me from the inside out, making me more Christ like. (Hebrews 4:12)


When I allow the ways of the world to influence me more than God’s Word does, my “version” of Jesus doesn’t “sound right.” God’s Word is powerful and effective; I need the constant cutting away of worldly influences that being in the Word provides. (II Timothy 3:16)


Do those around me; my spouse, my children, my extended family and friends see Christ in my priorities, attitudes and goals? How does my every day life reflect Godly principles? Does my life ‘sound’ like Jesus or have I made up my own version?

John 14:23-24 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.


Prayer: Father, help me to show the attitudes of Jesus to everybody around me. I want to be an influence, not a stumbling stone. Thank you. Amen.


Scripture references:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

II Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness

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