Do you have a neighborhood gossip? I think every neighborhood, church, or office seems to have a “keeper of all knowledge” that can tell you what everyone is doing. It’s always interesting when you encounter one of these information bearers because they always start off with something like “Don’t tell anyone I said so, but…” or “You didn’t hear it from me, but…”
While we all like to have our privacy, as believers our lives should be a reflection of Jesus so if anyone heard about what we’ve said or done, it would bring glory to His name. In Acts 1:8 He calls us His witnesses. Nowhere in Scripture does Jesus say we represent Him only when we’re doing right. We’re always His witnesses. We may be a good witness or a bad witness, but we are always His witnesses. The moment someone finds out you’re a believer in Jesus, they expect more from you, and they should. We are called to live a life that is counter-cultural.
Do you see people in the New York Times turning the other cheek? [Matthew 5:39]. What about forgiving those who wronged them over and over? [Matthew 18:21-22, Luke 17:4]. In Matthew 5:44-45a Jesus said, “But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” This isn’t something we see happening every day. If it did, the news media would be out of a job.
So what kind of witness are you? Are you a good one or do you need a little help in that area? The good news is the Holy Spirit is standing by, ready, able and willing to guide your steps and direct your path so you bring glory to the One you love. Will Rogers once said, “Live your life so that you would not be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.” Can you? If not, why not take some time to gain help from the One who loves you and is eager to step in and assist.
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