Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Watch yourself...everyone else is.

      We've all seen that football player who scores a big touchdown and proceeds to dance around like a chicken and basically make a fool of himself so that everyone looks at him. He's an attention hound and pretty proud of himself. My favorite coaching response to this behavior comes when  the coach says, "Hey, act like you've been there before."
    Whether you believe it or not, you represent another part of your life whether it's your ideology, your parents' rearing skills, or your faith. That's right. As a Christian you are a representative of Jesus Christ. When you are out in public, or at school or just hanging out, people will make judgments about you whether they should or not. They may like what they see, or they may wonder what your problem is when they see how you behave. 
    The truth is, you can't control what parents you get, or what circumstances you are raised in, but you can definitely control your own behavior. We are called upon to behave in a way that honors God and brings honor to our families and all those we represent. In Phil 1:27, Paul says,

"Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come  and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 

     Paul's advice to the Philippians was "behave yourselves whether I am with you or not, so that Christ is glorified in your outward shows of faith and hope. When I hear about you, I want to hear a good report." As we think about how Jesus has  given it all for us, we should also try to walk in a manner worthy of that sacrifice. We aren't perfect, but we can try to live in a way that makes people want what we have, a relationship that lasts forever with God through Jesus Christ. Make good decisions, be patient, be kind, be positive. In all we do, let's remember that we are in the royal family. Our Father is a king, our brother is a prince, and our home is in heaven. When you find yourself in a place where you can be a positive witness for Jesus, act like you've been there before. Have a great week.

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