3rd December 2013

Let Your Life Speak 

“…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
 

There are a few people from my youth who made a strong impression on me.  These were the ones I admired for various reasons, such as their talent, leadership, kindness, or their willingness to encourage me.  Because they were people I admired, I strove to be like them. 

The qualities fostered by the Christian faith are attractive.  When we exercise helpfulness, friendliness, honesty and other such virtues, people notice and will be emboldened to practise those qualities themselves.  As it says in 1 Timothy 4:12, “set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”  The same applies to doing the right thing when it is difficult or unpopular to do so.   Doing right when it is difficult is a key quality of leaders, and we want to be like those we see as leaders. 

I am sometimes disappointed that people don’t ask me about my beliefs, or seek my advice on spiritual matters.  Then I realise those who know me are aware that I am a Christian.  They can see the result of it in my life. They can, and do, make the connection between those good things I do and the inspiration behind them—my faith.  1 Peter 2:12 (NLT) tells us to, “Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbours. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honourable behaviour, and they will give honour to God when he judges the world.” 

In the Quaker Hall where our Church meets, there is a plaque on the wall with the words, “Let your life speak”.  This is a colourful way of saying “actions speak louder than words”.  How would you like your neighbours to treat you?  Think how you would like to be treated.  Then go and treat your neighbours that way. 

We, as Christians, look to the scriptures for our values.  They are the values found in Jesus.  We can be bold in living this way, and have confidence that we are a powerful influence for good. 

Prayer
Father, help me to practise the values I learn from Jesus, and in doing so, inspire others to look to him as their redeemer.
Amen
 

Study by Joseph Casey

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joecaseyAbout the Author:
Joseph Casey is an Elder in the Limerick Congregation of Grace Communion International.

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Grace Communion International, Limerick
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