Saturday, December 16
Represent Jesus well
Scripture: 1 Peter 1-5
What common concern do you see when you read these verses?
1 Peter 2:12 Your conduct among the heathen should be so good that when they accuse you of being evildoers, they will have to recognize your good deeds and so praise God on the Day of his coming.
1 Peter 2:15 For God wants you to silence the ignorant talk of foolish people by the good things you do.
1 Peter 3:1-2 In the same way you wives must submit to your husbands, so that if any of them do not believe God’s word, your conduct will win them over to believe. It will not be necessary for you to say a word, 2because they will see how pure and reverent your conduct is.
1 Peter 3:15-16 But have reverence for Christ in your hearts, and honor him as Lord. Be ready at all times to answer anyone who asks you to explain the hope you have in you, 16but do it with gentleness and respect. Keep your conscience clear, so that when you are insulted, those who speak evil of your good conduct as followers of Christ will be ashamed of what they say.
Peter wanted the Christians to live such good lives that no one could accuse them of wrong; instead, people would see their conduct and be won over and believe and praise God. Peter knew that the fledgling Christian movement would only grow and spread if the Christians not only talked the talk, but walked the walk. Hypocrisy would doom it. So he repeatedly calls on believers to live their faith and to do good, so others could believe.
Represent Jesus well!
Do we still need that? Oh my! More than ever! Yesterday, I read a thoughtful article by Mark Galli, editor of Christianity Today. He believes that the big loser in the this week’s Alabama senate election is the Christian faith. Why? Because Christians on both sides of the political aisle have behaved so poorly, so unlike Jesus. Our conduct has tarnished our witness. If we win elections (or arguments) but lose our witness, we have lost—period. If interested, you can read the article here: The Biggest Loser in the Alabama Election | Christianity Today http://ow.ly/bVDq30hgJzf
Mark Galli is saying the same thing Peter said—Represent Jesus well. Please.
Pretty obvious: I want to conduct myself so that Jesus is honored. I want to represent Jesus well today!
Prayer: Lord, I pray for me—but also for all my brothers and sisters who represent Jesus—help us represent You well. Help us to love everyone always. Help us to keep this uppermost in our minds: am I representing Jesus well right now?