Our Lives as examples

“Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God.”(1 Peter 2:12 )

I have a confession to make. One day while driving, I made a rude gesture to another driver who had almost caused an accident. But then I remembered that I had a church bumper sticker on my car! I had no excuse to be disrespectful anyway; but, I asked myself, how dare I be rude almost literally in Jesus’ Name?

Can’t Help Doing Wrong

Have you ever had a similar experience? If so, you’re in good company: the Apostle Paul wrote, “I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway” (Romans 7:19 ). Only God’s saving grace through Jesus Christ allows us to be forgiven, and helps us turn away from sin. Paul goes on to advise, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person”(Romans 12:2 ). I shouldn’t have reacted in a worldly way when I was scared; I should have followed Jesus’ example of self-control.

Light of the World

Jesus told His followers, “You are the light of the world”(Matthew 5:14). So, “we must live decent lives for all to see”(Romans 13:13). You never know when someone is watching you. If a Christian repeats the same sin over and over, what kind of testimony is that? But if you are living for Jesus, you can be a godly example to those around you – even in places where it is unsafe to talk about Him.

True Disciples

 We should strive to live in such a way that non-believers will want the love we have. Jesus said, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples” (John 13:35), and that “when you produce much fruit, you are My true disciples” (John 15:8). St. Paul explained that this “Spiritual fruit” is “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control”(Galatians 5:22-23). Living with these godly qualities glorifies the Father and can encourage non-believers to want to know more about the Lord.
How are you living your life?
Why don’t you come and lets pray to The Lord together for grace to live our lives as worthy examples to our unbelieving neighbours this Tuesday evening at 6pm at St. Paul’s Church Breadfruit, 10 Davies Street (Off Broad Street), Lagos Island.

God bless you as you come!!