Today’s Scripture: Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men. 2 Corinthians 8:21

How does one determine the sincerity of water? Should a person test the water with a lie detector? Wikihow.com provides an easier method:

  1. Fill a clear glass with tap water.

  2. Hold the glass up to the sun, and examine the water.

  3. Smell the water.

If you can see particles in the water or if the water is cloudy, then it is contaminated. If the water has an unpleasant smell, then it is impure – drink at your own risk. On the other hand, if the water is clear and has no added particles, colors, or odors, then it is more than likely sincere – drink up.

 

When we use the word “sincere,” we mean pure in character. We can examine the sincerity of our lives by using Step 2 in the test for water purity. Simply hold up your life – your words, actions, and convictions – to the light of God’s Word, and your credibility will be proved. How does your life rate on this scale?

 

To ensure we are living sincerely, each day we should filter our lives with prayer, asking God to search our hearts for contaminants. Then we should focus on Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection. Like a lid which keeps unwanted particles out of a cup, concentration on Christ will help us avoid sin and maintain purity.

 

A speck of dirt can contaminate an entire glass of water. A little sin can likewise corrupt a Christian. How clear is your life when it’s held up to the light? Do you say what you mean and mean what you say, or is your speech filled with hypocrisy and subtlety? Do you pollute your acts of service with secret, selfish motives? Ask God to search your heart today. When your life and lips align, then those who taste the water will find you to be sincere.

 

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.