Friday, October 19, 2012

For His Name's Sake~ Day 19 {Make. It. Count.}

I don't tell you this to boast, but to make a point.

When I was little, I almost never got in trouble. (At least not while I was outside the walls of our home.)

 I never got sent to the Principal's office.

I never had a "run in with the law".

I was a good kid who always tried to be on my best behavior.

Like I said, I don't tell you this to boast, but to make a point. And, my point is this. How I behaved reflected on my parents. I knew what I did would either bring them praise or....embarrassment. I knew this because my father had told me so.

"Stac, (my daddy always called me Stac) wherever you go and whatever you do, remember this. You're a Mitchell. You're wearing my name. When you were born I proudly gave you my name as your own. Wear it proudly. Never do things that will bring shame to you, to me, to your mother, to your sisters or to our family name."

My behavior - good or bad - reflected on my parents.

Now, I have a new name. I have been adopted into a new family. I am now a daughter of the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. I now wear HIS name.

As a Christian, I, too, have a responsibility to be on "my best behavior".
Not to bring praise to me,
but to uphold the name of my Heavenly Father,
to live my life for His name's sake.

As a Christian, my behaviour is directly interwoven with God's reputation.

Reputation- defines reputation as the estimation in which a person or thing is held, especially by the community or the public generally.

Reputation is who people THINK we are. Character is who we REALLY are.

Through reading God's Word and the guiding of the Holy Spirit, you and I have come to know the true character of God. He is merciful and just, forgiving and kind, faithful and true. We know who God really is. But sadly, not everyone does.
Your life may be the only Bible some people read. ~Author Unknown
Stop and think about this for a minute.
(You may even need to read this a couple of times before the depth of the meaning soaks in.)

When our behaviour tarnishes God's reputation,
His real character is in jeopardy of never being seen by those around us.

When we call our self a Christian, we are wearing Christ's name.

As our children, our neighbors and our co-workers watch us living out our lives, are they seeing Christ for WHO HE REALLY IS?

As we

drive down the street,
shop at the local grocery store,
step into the movie theatre,
cheer on our favorite team,
wear our favorite outfit,

are we helping others to focus in on who God is


does what we do make is difficult for others to see God at all?

Are we bringing glory and honor to His name,
or are we tarnishing His reputation by our un-Christlike behavior?

What is your life telling others about your God?

What is mine?

Are you and I ruining God's reputation?

Or, are we living in such a way that the beauty of His character is
                         and oh, so very inviting?

Are we living our life for His name's sake?

Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16, The Amplified Bible

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