Earlier this week the devotional post was about decision making. We are called to decide whether we are going to choose God or other gods we have placed in our lives.
Matthew 6:24 states, “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Money is the focus in that verse but it could easily be replaced with status, job, relationships, addictions, food, exercise, hobbies, etc. Anything that you are allowing to come in between you and your relationship with God and following His path and desire for you, has become your idol or god.
To go a step further, we, as Christians, are called to be a positive example to the people around us.
How are we to encourage others to follow Christ if we act no different than nonbelievers? We are to present to everyone around us with the fruit of the Spirit characteristics and though we are to live in this world we are not to be of it. That means our decisions and actions should portray Godly behaviors.
We are to be a positive example to strangers, co-workers, friends and family.
I’m going to say most importantly, though, is to be a positive example for our children! They view us at all times of the day and in all seasons of our life. Our children watch us when we are conversing with our spouse, friends, and when we are on social media. They remember the choices we make when we decide to skip church to have a lazy Sunday or when they rarely see us open our bible or pray.
We cannot speak out of both sides of our mouth and expect our children to follow the positive path!
Take the time to read the below bible scriptures and truly focus on what they are saying to you. Some passages may touch you differently than others. Writing down the verses in your own hand is helpful for some individuals. Possibly looking up the verses in your own bible may be beneficial. I use a NIV bible translation. Or reading them over and over to commit to memory. Whatever method works best for you to experience God’s words and feel closer to Him.
Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.
Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. So watch yourselves.
Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up you mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.
I pray that these verses meet you where you are today and that they encourage you to be a positive example for others around you!
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