Posted by: pastortomvabeach | March 18, 2015

Thought For The Week March 22, 2015

 

I was in a leadership team meeting on Sunday and one of the team members, Steve Pickford, shared something that the Lord showed him a year or so ago that really resonated in my spirit so I asked him for permission to share it with you.

Steve said that he had had a heated discussion with a person who was doing them a service and that the individual presented himself in such an obnoxious manner that later when Steve saw someone who resembled that person all he could think of was this awful encounter he had experienced. The man’s face would reappear and remind Steve of his repugnant behavior.

Later, the Lord showed Steve that this could be a very useful guideline by which to monitor our own behavior. Scripture tells us that God’s plan for us, as His children is to be made over into the image of His Son, Jesus. Romans 8:29, says, those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. All through the New Testament we are urged to let the light that He has put inside of us shine through us so that people will see Jesus in us.

Steve said the Lord revealed to him that we can act in such a way that when someone sees another person who reminds them of us, they will think of Jesus or His character and that can motivate us to be very careful how we present ourselves when we are engaged with people on an everyday basis. I don’t know about you, but there have been times, especially when I’m dealing with strangers that I probably left a completely different impression. In fact, I’ve acted in ways that may prompt those who saw me to see the devil in the faces of others who remind them of me.

Paul urged us to put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24) and to be imitators of God as dear children and walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma (Ephesians 5:1-2). Paul is not talking about putting on some kind of act but about allowing the Holy Spirit in us to so direct our lives that we demonstrate outwardly the new nature that has been born in us through trusting in Christ.

What a testimony it would be if you and I could get a reputation around town as being those who represent Jesus so well that people are reminded of Him when they see us. What would it say about our church if Christian Chapel people became known for making Jesus known by their attitudes and behavior? Can you think of anything that could impact our community more than that? So here’s my challenge to you – today, everyday, make Jesus known by being you with Jesus in you! I believe you can do it!

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