31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33even as I try to please everybody in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved. ~ 1 Corinthians 10:31-33
As a ink stamp makes a mark on the very thing it impresses on, so does our Christian walk. Each and every step we take is watched by the world, whether we realize it or not. People watch our moves in every situation, especially during difficult times. They are looking for the difference that we claim to have.
Are we acting any different then the world? Are we showing the faith we claim to have? For many non-believers, that is their complaint… we are no different anyone else, we act one way on Sundays and go into the world unchanged. While we are not perfect and we must be willing to make the effort to be authentic, and real. But where does that authenticity come from and how do we get it? Take a look at this verse: 18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. ~ 2 Corinthians 3:18
You see, when we fully commit our ways to the ways of the Lord, then and only then, are we transformed in our thinking and in our actions. Many of you might argue that point, but it is truth. We simply do not have the ability to do what is right all the time, in fact, if you are like me, then more I try to do right, the more I struggle. That is because I am doing it with my own power and not Gods. Yes, God wants to transform my life, my heart, and my actions, but it is only when I fully surrender to His authority the changes begin to happen. I am still me, a Christian stuck in the flesh. I don’t change overnight with a magic potion… It is a process that God brings us through. After all, you can’t pick up a piece of clay and have a perfect piece of art. The potter must first wet it, spin and mold the clay into the image he desires. Picking away all the bad pieces, then finally putting the clay through extreme heat to harden and perfecting his masterpiece.
Reflection: How are we walking and what impression are we leaving with the steps we take? Are we showing the world around us that we are different? Are we pointing to the One to whom we claim to serve?
Challenge: I encourage you to take a good hard look at your walk with the Lord and be honest with yourself and God. Ask the Lord to show you any areas of your walk that need correction. And finally, seek Him in all you do, not just the parts you want Him to be involved in. For the only way we can fully experience the Greatness of the Lord and all He has for us, is to surrender everything we are to Him.