Their Eyes are Watching You!
Did you know how we live our lives can be the greatest opportunity to draw someone towards Christ or away from Him? I often meet people who have this idea that their life is their own and at one point in my life, I lived with this mindset. The downside is I soon found out that there were more people watching than I thought. This revelation made me more cognizant of what I say and do in public AND private. I began to be very intentional about being consistent and making sure that I wasn’t a public success and a private mess. Does this mean I’m perfect? Absolutely not, but it does challenge me to be more responsible and to hold myself accountable for how I portray Christ. The word hypocrite is one of the number one reasons people talk about Christians. Honestly, I can’t disagree because there are quite a few believers who think their lifestyle has no bearing on how Christians are seen.
I recently read 1 Peter 1:13-25; 2:1-17 and I was amazed by how it basically outlines how we should live our lives. The truth is as believers we are to live holy, Godly, and honorable lives. We were never meant to mix and mingle with the behaviors of unbelievers. Notice I said BEHAVIORS meaning we are to be around unbelievers in hopes that the God in us would rub off on them and not vice versus.
“But you are God’s chosen treasure—priests who are kings, a spiritual “nation” set apart as God’s devoted ones. He called you out of darkness to experience his marvelous light, and now he claims you as his very own. He did this so that you would broadcast his glorious wonders throughout the world.”
1 Peter 2:9 TPT
This scripture, among others, clearly states that we have been set apart. I struggled to understand why I couldn’t quite function with the group whose always in the club or the ones who enjoy drunken love experiences, or the ones who can’t seem to expand their vocabulary beyond negative 4 or 5- letter words. The reason was because I had been transformed and set apart. When my transformation took place, I physically had to separate myself to ensure that I would not be tempted to fall back into my old ways. Even today I have to establish boundaries because the enemy is always ready to tempt me with my former struggles.
1 Peter 2:12 says “Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].”
If this doesn’t testify to how the way we live our lives influences others then I don’t know what will. Nevertheless, we as a body need to be more intentional about what we say and do in public and private. It’s not a matter of losing our right to live how we desire, but instead it’s loving God so much that we now desire to live according to His will. Understand the mandate is for God to be glorified and not us, so next time you say or do something pause and literally ask the Holy Spirit does this bring glory to you or my desires... I know He will answer and provide an opportunity for you not to walk in disobedience.