Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 360

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Welcome to Day 360 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Psalm 117; Psalm 119:81-176; 2 John 1; 3 John 1 2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P =  Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer


S cripture

Psalm 117:2, “Great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.”

Psalm 119:81-176, (Precepts, laws, commands, your word, decrees, promises).

130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

2 John 1:8,

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

3 John 1:4, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.”


O bservation

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

A pplication

That is a pretty straightforward verse… cautionary in content.

Watch out…

Do not lose what you have worked for.

I always take note when I read verses like that. It’s a reminder that I have worked hard for many, many years… and it could all be lost.

That verse is not talking about our salvation. It’s about respect… and trust.

I once did an for Huntington Bank. (I may have blogged about this before…) The headline was, “Wealth, like a good reputation, is more easily made, than kept.”

We are all building our reputation on a daily basis, if not moment by moment, even.

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

While most people may not have the “pastor” reputation to live up to, what about what the people we work with think about us. What would they think if they knew we were a Christian and cheated on our spouse, or lied on our taxes, or had some hidden addiction?

We all are ambassadors for Christ.


I don’t live under the pressure of that statement. It’s just a reality for all of us.

“Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for…”

Good reminder.

P rayer

Lord I pray that you would strengthen each reader of this blog today… to live for you. That we would represent you well as we live our lives.

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