Does your life reflect the Lord Jesus Christ? If someone were to see you right now would they be able to tell in any way that you loved the Lord? A simple gesture of showing God's love is to smile. How many folks do you see around you day in and day out that simple are frowning? Sure they may have problems but maybe they just are sort of depressed and just need a smile. Something simple as that can lift someones spirits.
Do you act holy as the Lord is holy? Not 'holier than thou' but do you radiate the love of God in what you say and do? Is your speech pure and kind? Do your actions reflect that of a Christlike person? It is something to ponder for a while. Do you just go to church and seemingly appear righteous for one hour on Sunday then turn into an entirely different person the rest of the week? Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and help guide you. Let your thinking be transformed to be able to think like Jesus thinks. Philippians 4:8 says "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." When you make it a point to try to think like Christ it helps to be more in His image and represent the kingdom of God. Romans 12:1-2 is one of my favorites and it says "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." Let God transform you more into His image.
1 Peter 1:16 says "Be holy for I am holy." Once again it does not say 'holier than thou." Be careful not to think you have 'arrived' and are such a wonderful Christian example and start looking down on others. Ask God to keep you humble. Don't judge others because you do not know the whole story. For instance, those who are not in church on Sunday. We are not to be legalistic about worship and simply go to punch the Sunday ticket, but you should examine your heart and want to go. The scriptures do say in Exodus 20:8 to "remember the Sabbath Day and Keep it holy" but once again some people have valid reasons for not being able to be in church such as work. It is not our place to condemn. Each of us is on our own journey and hopefully it includes wanting to be more like Christ.
Do you desire a closer walk with the Lord or are you satisfied and think being a member of your church 'social club' will get you through the gates of heaven? Do you want to be more Christlike? If not why not? As we begin this New Year why not purpose in your heart to get closer to God and radiate His love to others around the clock? Being a child of God is not just one hour on Sunday.
PRAYER: Lord give me your heart for others and a desire for you. I am sorry for just going to church on Sunday or maybe not even going at all. I need you in my life and want my life to reflect you. In Jesus name. Amen.
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