Somebody's Watching You

Somebodys Watching You
    Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:5-6 (NIV)
    It amazes me how every person who professes that Jesus is their Lord and Savior is suddenly thrown into the spotlight. Its not like they are a celebrity or anything like that. Its just that when people tell others that theyre a Christian, then people tend to watch them a little more closely. They want to see how a Christian lives, what they do, how they act in certain situations. Will they laugh at crude jokes? Will they join in with the water cooler gossip? Do they have time to stop and help others in need? Do they cuss, or drink? Etc. etc. etc&
    The scriptures above are written to prepare us for such encounters, as they teach us how we should be prepared to answer questions, and how we should speak to others who are not saved. God knew that we would be scrutinized in our actions, and He knew that many would be saved and lost because of how others viewed us, and the way we conducted ourselves.
    It reminds me of a story that was passed around the email circuit that I happened to see.
    A stressed out woman on a busy boulevard was tailgating a man.
    Suddenly, the light turned yellow, just in front of him. He did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk, even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.
    The tailgating woman was furious and honked her horn and screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection, dropping her cell phone and makeup.
    As she was still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up.
    He took her to the police station where she was searched, finger printed, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
    After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects.
    He said, 'I'm very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping off the guy in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.
    I noticed the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Choose Life' License plate holder, the 'Follow Me to Sunday-School' bumper Sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk, Naturally...I assumed you had stolen the car.'
    Although the story is undoubtedly fictional, it captures the true flavor of what can and does happen daily with respects to how people act.
    But thats not what God has called us to be. He has stated that we are new creatures in Christ, and that those old ways are gone. He has instructed us to be Imitators of Him. We are to act as if it were God in that situation, and respond as if it were Him responding. And we can do this because we have been given a new nature, and have been freed from the bondage of that old sinful way.
    Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)
    The only way we can imitate God is to know what God is like. And we do that by getting to know Him through His Word, and in time of Worship and prayer.
    Hey, I want the world to notice me, but not for the same reasons that are commonplace in our society. It wont be to shine a light on me in an effort to promote myself. I want others to see God in my actions and behavior, and I want Him to be glorified in the way I handle myself.
    I want to encourage you today to demolish all arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. If you do this, youll find that your behavior reflects your true beliefs, and your actions will follow.
    STUDY QUESTION: According to Colossians 4:5-6, how are we to act, especially around those who are not saved?
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Have you found yourself saying and doing things that you regret, knowing that others have witnessed it? Can you see the damage that has been done by these actions?
    APPLICATION: If you have caused another person to stumble by your actions, apologize and take the credit for them. Let them know that this was you, and does not reflect the truths that you know and believe about Jesus Christ, or the way that He would have wanted you to handle that situation.
    Father, Thank You for Your grace, and your mercy. I am sorry for the times where I have acted in my flesh and have not heeded Your Word, and Your ways. Allow me to apologize to those who I may have offended, and empower me to act in a way that reflects my true beliefs and knowledge that You have taught me. In Jesus precious name, amen&
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

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