Thoughts on Today's Verse...

Some critics of preaching and preachers say, "I would rather see a sermon any day than hear one." I'm not distressed because people want to "see a sermon," but because some who preach don't "practice what they preach." Their hypocrisy discredits the message of Christ in the ears of our critics. As leaders — whether as friends, parents, or in positions of authority — our primary tool of influence should be our life of faithfulness, character, and compassion. Do you practice what you "preach"? All of us who seek to influence others redemptively, MUST! Why? Because most folks need to both hear and see the message before it becomes a part of them.

My Prayer...

Lord God Almighty, please forgive me, equip me, and make me fit for your service. Please help me, dear Father, as I try to live a life worth imitating and to lead others to Jesus. I know I can't do either of those without your power and grace transforming my life. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

Today's Verse Illustrated


Inspirational illustration of Philippians 3:17

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