Daniel – a Christian’s motto

Daniel Manastireanu came up with another fine sermon recently.

The subject is simple and it is straightforwardly put, a Daniel trademark.

The idea of picking powerful texts from the Bible, texts that put the mind to rest while stirring the soul, was always a favourite of mine.

Too much fear of not falling into the speculative stream stops preachers in doing this more often. It is not the case of Daniel, whose (young) age, I believe, works in his favour.

A taster follows but you can enjoy the whole sermon using the link above

What if this person suddenly asks you why you are a Christian and what life lessons have you learned from your faith? To make it even more focused, what if they ask you: what is the one Bible verse that captures your life motto? – a Bible verse that you could put in a frame on your wall. What would you answer? We’re not talking about your favourite verse about God necessarily, but a verse which could be used as a life motto. If you don’t like mottos, then something that captures your life philosophy in a few words. What would it be?

I think I am safe in guessing that most of us would probably think of a New Testament passage: Perhaps John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Or perhaps John 14:6: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There are many verses like that we could probably quote. I think we can all have a different one according to our life experience.

But if I were pushed to pick one verse which would capture my life philosophy it would have to be Micah 6:8, which is such a good motto material: “Do justice, love kindness and walk humbly with your God.” Isn’t that a wonderful verse? I believe that everything we do in our everyday lives has to fit into those three criteria in order to be a godly life. Whatever I do, I need to ask myself: Is it just or fair, is it kind to other people, is it done in humility and awareness of God’s presence?

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