People often make excuses for why they do what they do or say what they say. It may be that “everyone around them is doing it,” or “that’s just how folks talk.” But does that make it right? Who are we putting on a pedestal or allowing to be role models for how we should act or talk? I’ve heard of people comparing themselves to someone who is frequently unfaithful, and say, “Well, I’m better than they are!” Really? Why would you want to compare yourself to “the worse example of a Christian?” Paul warned the Corinthian church in II Corinthians 10:12, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” We are to be comparing ourselves to the perfect example – Christ! It’s not always easy. Temptation is around everywhere, but you know what? God is, too! We are not alone.
We do have to live in the world, but that doesn’t mean that the world should live in us. Romans 12:2 says, “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” The transformation starts by the renewing of our minds. What are you putting in your mind? Was it a “garbage in/garbage out” kind of week? Did the people that you have been around see the Lord living in you? Are they better people because of the example that you were?
May we realize that whether we like it or not, others are watching us. What kind of an example are you? God Bless, Courtney