The letter we are using this week is the letter “V” and the word I want to focus on is the word “valid”. As Christians, if we want to grow closer to Christ, and if we want to show Christ to others, we must make sure that what we say about Christ, through our words and actions, is valid, or true. The definition of the word valid is “having a sound basis in logic or fact.” When it comes to sharing Christ with others, we need to make sure our discussions are grounded in scripture and have a very solid foundation.

I know there are some who do not believe that God’s word, the Bible, is true or what should be guiding our lives each day. However, the truth of the matter is that the Bible is a collection of God’s words to His people. Yes, they were written down by man, but gave men the words to write, What is our foundation for this belief? What is it that makes this statement valid? 2 Timothy 3:16 is my foundation for this statement. “All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness.” When it comes to preaching, or teaching or discussing the Bible, as long as we are basing our thoughts on God’s word what we say will be valid. How can we apply this learning to our lives as Christians?

As we try to live our lives on earth in a way that is pleasing to God, the way we live must line up with the teachings of God, from God’s word. If we say one thing, and yet act, or live, in another way, then our words will not be seen as valid to those who are watching us. When we do this, we are basically seen as a “hypocrite”.

Titus 1:16 says, “They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.” When we say we love God and do not act that way, then what we are saying is not valid. God’s word says it is also “detestable and unfit for anything good”. Not being valid in living for Christ is not only wrong, but it can also hinder someone coming to know Christ as their Savior. How is that? It is possible because someone may not want to be known as a Christian if the Christians they know are not being honest and truthful in their walk with God.

So how do we make sure we are “valid” Christians? We do a few things. First, be honest with ourselves about being a sinner and needing God’s forgiveness. Next, be honest with God about being sorry for our sins. Third, be honest with others about living for Christ. Finally, be honest and sincere in worshipping God. Being a valid Christian is all about honesty and truthfulness. Being valid can draw us closer to God. Until next week…

Peace and Blessings…