Bogus Life Styles

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Kim Hamilton McIntosh made a statement that is apropos. “If you can’t be a good example, then you’ll just have to be a horrible warning.” We are probably not aware of how much we are being observed and evaluated by people around us. I think we who are Christian are targeted more than others. People will be impacted by us one way or the other. Most people will not put these kinds of thoughts into words, but they are making judgments. I often wonder what people think of me and I admit that I evaluate others, too. Whether we like it or not, that’s the way it is. If we think we can have a good reputation without having a good character, we are misguided. You’re a godly man if your reputation and your character are perfectly matched—and positive. (I guess you can have a rotten reputation that matches your character. Think Jezebel.) A false reputation is bad on several counts. For one thing you’re on thin ice and always fearful that your real self will be exposed. Remember Abe Lincoln’s words: “You can fool all the people some of the time and you can some of the people all the time, but you can’t fool all the people all the time.” Then it also involves sin and breaks fellowship with God. Your ministry is bogus—wood, hay. and stubble. So. . . I need to pattern my life after Christ and demonstrate a changed and renewed life if I am to make points with the inevitable onlookers. Make sure your reputation lines up with your character. Result? Self assurance, no fear. Positive impact on others. Makes God happy!

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