Shining Bright

Steven Valadez

Later this year, our nation will hold elections for President.

In the months leading up to voting day, we’ll see billboards, commercials, signs, bumper stickers, flyers, banners and press releases.  Invariably, we’ll hear that some candidate did this; some candidate said that; some candidate is blamed for this; some candidate lied about that.  Every year at election time, campaigners and journalists look deep into the history of the candidates to find fault – and they usually do.

It’s a good thing that these deep searches into a candidate’s history are performed.  We should hold leaders to a stricter moral code because of what they will be doing.  Because of the tremendous responsibility given to them, they need to be moral and trustworthy.  They are our representatives, and we want them to represent us properly.

In God’s Word, we read about how Christians should live because of our position and who we represent.

Philippians 1:14-15 reads, “Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

As children of God, we represent God to the world.  God wants us to live innocent and clean lives.  He wants us to live without complaining or arguing.  We should live our lives so well that no one can find anything to criticize us about. God holds us to a high standard because of who we are and who we represent.

As God’s children, we should live differently.  We should stand out.  “In a world full of crooked and perverse people” we should be noticeable.  Your neighbors should see that live righteously.  Your co-workers should see that you live with integrity.  Your family should see that you live graciously.

When we live the way the Bible tells us to live, we will stand out as children of God.

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