The World is Watching
"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the LORD forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14
Christianity is a way of life. It is the way we choose to conduct ourselves daily. It’s how we engage ourselves with others. It’s applying the principles of Godly living to the world we live in.
Last week, as I was approaching a checkout counter in a grocery store, I noticed a young man walking toward me as though he was on a mission. Then I realized that he was headed to the same checkout counter that I was headed for. I was a few feet closer to our destination than he was and I knew that unless I increased my walking pace, I was not going to beat the young man to the counter. This scenario became challenging to me because I only had one item and he had a basketful. I now had to make a quick decision, adjust my walking speed and beat him to the checkout counter, or maintain the same rate of speed and allow him to go ahead of me. Suddenly I was reminded of a Godly principle found in the Bible that encouraged me to act as a Christian and to reflect the behavior and attitude that a Christian should exhibit to the world.
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the LORD forgave you." Colossians 3:13
Although this grocery store encounter was a very minor incident, I believe it measures just as high on Godly behavior.
I slowed my pace and allowed the young man to go ahead of me. After he checked out and I went up to the counter, the clerk smiled and said to me, “You must be a Christian”. I answered, "How do you know?" "Because you have patience. It didn’t seem to bother you at all when that customer rushed in front of you."
The world is always watching to see how Christians react to difference situations. I was so happy that I exhibited God’s will and not my own, acting as a Godly person and not like a person of the world.
"Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the LORD forgave you."
Human kindness is expected of Christians. We have put on the new self and we are obligated to show it to the world.
Posted on Tue, April 10, 2012
by Cliff Ellison