Faith & Life: Are You Walking with Unsullied Feet, Tongue, and Mind?

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Are You Walking with Unsullied Feet, Tongue, and Mind?

Living Life Under the Daily Scrutiny of God

by J.M. Troppello

I started reading the Oswald Chambers devotional, My Utmost for His Highest again. I’ve read this devotional so many times through the years. The first time I read it, I had to get used to the language style and deep messages. The devotionals are short, but very powerful. I highly recommend this book if you want to read a daily devotional that is jammed packed with insight.

“Never tolerate through sympathy with yourself or with others any practice that is not in keeping with a holy God. Holiness means unsullied walking with the feet, unsullied talking with the tongue, unsullied thinking with the mind—every detail of the life under the scrutiny of God. Holiness is not only what God gives me, but what I manifest that God has given me.” – Oswald Chambers

That quote is how Chambers ended the devotional that I read today. That stopped me in my tracks. Am I walking with unsullied feet, tongue, and mind? Am I living my life under the daily scrutiny of God?

I know I’ve been writing a lot lately about holiness and living rightly before God. That’s just what I’ve been dealing with in my own walk with the Lord. I’ve always been trying to be transparent in my walk with God as I write these articles on faith.

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your [a]stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with [b]corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was [c]manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (I Peter 1:13-21, NKJV)

This passage from I Peter is titled Living Before God our Father. Peter tells the believers that God is holy. In that regard, you as a believer should be holy in all your conduct as well. God is our savior (v. 3, 18-21). He is also our holy judge (v. 15-17). In verse 17, Peter urges believers to conduct themselves during their stay here in fear. As a believer, you don’t have to fear eternal death. But, you should fear (or revere) God and commit yourself to live a life of holiness – dedicated to Him.

Are you walking with unsullied feet, tongue, and mind?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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