This morning my daughter was told to “not be goofy like mum.” When she was told this, she responded, “My mum is not goofy. She listens to God all day long.” When I heard that response, I smiled. I knew that I’m not always the best Christian, but I was glad that she is watching and that I am leaving an impression.
We are supposed to lead by example. Now if you are not a parent, don’t count yourselves out. Everyone is supposed to lead a life that shows Christ working within, a life that when people see you on the street, they see Christ. When, if asked, people you associate with would say that they knew you had a relationship with Christ.
We do not always have good days in our walk, but if we are trying our best, people will see that we are trying to follow God and His Word. People that do not know Christ will wonder why there is something different about you. Your words and your actions can be the only gospel that a person will see in life.
If you aren’t already, today is a great day to start living intentionally. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to stand firm in your faith, to be an immovable child of God. Dive into the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you to listen to God throughout your day. It all starts with being intentional. With the Spirit’s guidance, you can listen to God all day long.
“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” – Ephesians 5:1-2 [NASB]
I like to drink a lot. I need to drink a lot. I am a person who talks a lot so I always need to have a bottle of water with me so that my throat doesn’t get dry. When I went to leave the house this morning, I had to ask myself if I had a bottle of water in the car. I thought I remembered seeing one there, and so I left. When I was mid route, I realized that the bottle was empty. I was thirsty, but the bottle had nothing in it.
The bottle gave me a false impression that it would provide water. It reminds me of Mark 11 and when Jesus cursed the fig tree. The fig tree had leaves and so it gave this false impression that it would provide fruit.
We too need to be careful with false impressions that we see everywhere in our lives. We see people on the Internet and in our daily lives who say that they know Christ and say that they are Christians. Sometimes their game plan is filled with hate, judgment, and cruelty.
Matthew 7:15 says, “Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” There are going to be a lot of people who approach us with sheep’s clothing, and sadly we are going to believe what they say. This is where it’s important to read God’s Word and to listen to the Holy Spirit’s guidance.
When we hear teachings, and when we hear people talking about certain things, we need to be like the Bereans. They studied everything and looked to see if what the person was saying is what was in God’s Word. Because, if it’s not in God’s Word, it’s not the Truth.