Thursday, December 27, 2007

THE WORLD IS WATCHING



Do you ever feel like someone is watching you?
Do we realize as Christians our lives are a message to the world? what kind of message are we displaying? Do we act like Christ in our walk, in what we say or do? Do we share the Gospel every opportunity we are given? I know I have failed Him in my walk at times. I wonder what kind of message I am showing to those around me. Many believe that Christ's return is not far off, are we prepared for His return? If He took you home today what treasures will you have to throw at His feet? When you look back at your walk, what do you see, if you look ahead what can you do?

I have been visiting blogs and listening to fellow believers and I know sometimes I hear such bitterness toward one another and it is disturbing me. I believe the world has us under a Micro-scope. They are keeping a close eye on everything we do or say. When they see us sin, they are ready to pounce on us and use it against us. They look at how we live our lives and associate it with "Our Lord" because that is who we say we are followers of. What picture of Christ are we showing to the world? There are many blogs today that are out there that are ran by Christians. There are those that glorify God and there are thoses that glorify man. There are those that stand up for "Truth" and there are those that demean standing up for "Truth".

We are to defend "Truth" by reading and studying "the Word of God" and being prepared to answer questions....

Ephesians 6:10-17 counsels us, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

When we present it, it should be in a manner of Humility and love and there is nothing wrong with being bold but as long as we show love.

(2 Cor 10:1-2 NRSV) "I myself, Paul, appeal to you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ--I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!-- 2 I ask that when I am present I need not show boldness by daring to oppose those who think we are acting according to human standards."

(1 Tim 6:11 NRSV) "But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness."

(2 Tim 2:24-25 NRSV) "And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, 25 correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth,"


Definition:
mi·cro·scope
An optical instrument that uses a lens or a combination of lenses to produce magnified images of small objects, especially of objects too small to be seen by the unaided eye.


The world is like a microsope...it sees the smallest of our sins...We are being watched, very closely and examined.

My brethren, let me say, be like Christ at all times. Imitate him in "public." Most of us live in some sort of public capacity—many of us are called to work before our fellow-men every day. We are watched; our words are caught; our lives are examined—taken to pieces. The eagle-eyed, argus-eyed world observes everything we do, and sharp critics are upon us. Let us live the life of Christ in public. Let us take care that we exhibit our Master, and not ourselves—so that we can say, "It is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me." —Charles Spurgeon !

The world is watching....................

Cristina
1 Corinthians 11:1, "Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ."

2 comments:

Pam said...

Hi! Happy New Year to you and yours. I've not been online much this month. I was so happy to see your comment at my blog.

Your post here is a reminder of how confident Paul was of his walk with Christ. Oh that we believers could all say "Imitate me as I imitate Christ." Great thought for us to carry with us as we enter 2008.

luvvom said...

Paul was confident in saying "Imitate me as I imitate Christ" because he knew that all his righteousness came from Christ's righteous work which He accomplished while on this earth and was working through Paul. Paul's flesh still sinned but he was free in Christ to love the brethren instead of focusing upon himself. He left himself in Christ's hands and clung to the promise in Phil 1:6 that He who began a good work will finish it! Thanks, Cristina, for the reminder. Let's pray that Christ works His righteousness within us in an ever increasing manner so that we are not blasphemers among the Gentiles!