Look! Do you see it? There is a world around you at this very moment, watching every move you make. The lost world around you, is scouting out the authenticity of your character and is waiting for you to take one wrong step down the slippery slope of dishonesty. They are waiting for the moment when you deny Christ and your faith, so they can they too can turn their back on the one who died for their soul. No pressure right? Actually, for the child of God who relies solely on the Holy Spirit within them, there is no “pressure” at all. Proclaiming the glory of God with our actions, becomes easy when we are abiding in Him. Here are some areas we should WATCH in order to bring glory to God through our actions:
- Be POLITE. There is nothing worse than a disrespectful and spiteful Christian, who makes it their duty to tear down other people. Sometimes we feel we must be rude, brassy or insulting to be viewed by our peers as “big and bad.” That is far from the truth my friend! They are the marks of cowardice, not courage! Be pleasant, and sweet-spirited, and I promise you people will see there really is something different about you, and they will even think more highly of you as a man.
- Be PRETTY-well, not too pretty. Every Christian man ought to have a well put together, and professional appearance. That doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit and tie everywhere you go, but it does mean that your image does matter to the world around you. If a man walked into your home in all black, with a mask over his face and gun in hand, you’re not going to say, “Oh great! The mail man is here!” You would hopefully identify him as a robber and call 911 right away. Why? Because you made a judgment of this intruder, simply by his appearance. Make sure that your appearance, honors and reflects Christ, and leave no room for others to question you identify with.
- Be PRUDENT (wise). There is much to say of a man who is “full of wisdom and of the Holy Ghost.” Being erudite and informed is much more meaningful than a man who is cocky and immature. Christ told his disciples, “be ye therefore wise as servants, harmless as doves” (Matt.10:16). Proverbs tells us, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Be revered as a Christian of godly discretion, and don’t be labeled a fool. (We already have too many of those!)
- Be POSITIVE. This world is under a dark and gloomy cloud, with a “why bother” attitude that is more contagious than a common cold. Don’t let the germs get on you! Rather, challenge the apathetic stigma of society, with a joyful heart for the Lord. Bring the peaceful heart that only God can give, right to a smile on your face, and into the countenance of another. (Psalms 100:1-2)
- Be PATIENT (James 1:19). Oh man is this a big one! Patience is one of the hardest lessons a Christian man is going to face. Someone once defined patience as “The ability to keep your motor idling without stripping your gears.” Too many of us fall into the category of impulsive, quick-tempered, or impatient. God urges us to be filled with the fullness of the Holy Spirit and in return, we will yield the fruit of long-suffering. Patience is a virtue, and a virtue will never come easy.
Which one of these areas could you ask God to help you with today? Remember, you must WATCH your Actions, because the world is WATCHING YOU!