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November 28, 2013

Not an Island

Christianity

Also, people outside the church must speak well of him so that he will not be disgraced and fall into the devil’s trap.
1 Timothy 3:7 NLT

There is a saying that no man is an island. It’s true. Over the last few days I have been thinking about how everything I do has an effect on me, but I also have to remember that everything I do has an effect on the people around me, both those who are close to me and those who are, perhaps, perfect strangers.

That applies when I am in church and when I am out of it but it is so much more important when I am out of church, when I am dealing with people who are not part of any church, people who don’t know Christ. Failure to show them the love and hope that I have in Christ will be a disgrace on me and is just what the enemy wants.

He wants me to be bad to the people around me. He wants me to fail in showing them the love that surpasses all things. He wants me to fall and fail.

My life has to change by remembering that I am not an island and that everything I do and say has to show my faith in such a way that people outside the church see something special and want to know more. 

Effect and Cause

Christianity

They abandoned the Lord to serve Baal and the images of Ashtoreth.
Judges 2:13 NLT

Sometimes things just do not go right for me. Things go wrong and I ask why, but I generally fail to make a connection with this and the things that I have done wrong. I don’t literally serve Baal or Ashtoreth but how many times do I abandon the Lord? Every time I turn from him to concentrate on something else, I am turning to another god and just like he turned his face from the Israelites he will turn his face from me. It’s another case of my actions having an effect on me and I should not be surprised.

I spend too much time doing my own thing and too little time serving my God, in his presence and obedient to his will.