“You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp an lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven.
-Matthew 5:14-16, AMP
Now for the past few days, I have been hit afresh on the impact of a Christian’s behavior and character.
Now, for the most part, it’s easy for a Christian to attribute shining their light to DEEDS, WORK AND WALKING IN PURPOSE. But then somehow, I see that our WAY OF LIFE as Christians seem to make bigger impacts than our deeds and that’s for good reason.
If the disciples of Jesus were here today and they were asked what they remember most about Jesus, they certainly site His works and marvelous miracles but then I am sure they would sing more about His CHARACTER – His out of this world humility even as He lived with them as God Himself.
Studying the life of Jesus (which we should) would bring us face to face with a man who was God Himself but thought nothing of it (Philippians 2) and so He would live with men like Peter who would rebuke Him and be their overly extrovert self who think that they know so much and Jesus would sometimes just smile at him and shake his head.
Peter had a revelation that Jesus was God Himself but then was face to face with God Himself sleeping, eating, drinking, fellowshipping with them and ALWAYS extending them grace when they fall.
As much as Jesus did the works and also had the deeds on lock-down, HIS LIFE SHOULD SO MUCH VOLUME THAT NO ONE COULD REFUTE THE FACT THAT HE WAS LIVING IN THE LIGHT OF THE FATHER.
He was letting His light shine. THROUGH HIS CHARACTER AND WALK WITH GOD.
It’s easy today to see people who want to walk in purpose and go all out and DO but guess what the Bible says we will bear when we remain in God?
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.“
It’s easy to see these fruits as people and lives impacted by our DOING but what about the fruits in Galatians 5:22?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
What influences lives better than when we walk in the light of the above fruits?
And what’s harder than walking in the light of these truths?
Ever tried to walk in love in the face of desires to the contrary? How did it feel? Yes, painful, it hurts badly.. you guessed right. But what was the impact of that walk of love in the life of the recipient?
Some do not even realize it till years later but every life impacted by the fruits of the Spirit confess that they are better for it and are drawn closer to Jesus which is exactly the aim of walking in God’s purpose for our lives.
Let’s try to view walking in God’s purpose for our lives a bit differently; yes, do the works and go all out as He leads you to do but don’t forget to cultivate the fruits of the Spirit, impacting lives one at a time with the decision to walk in God and not in ourselves.
Till next time on here,
Keep living in Jesus, one step at a time.
JUST A FEW THINGS:
1: I am so happy to be back. I didn’t write last week because I had to go off and then my laptop is misbehaving (I sound like a broken record with this). In a bid to do self-repair, I lost my files but it’s all good. We still standing and working and trying to stay grateful.
It’s good to be back and I missed you, you and you!
The blog is a ministry to me and we are going to stay faithful here by God’s grace!
2: If you to need to dig into the fruits of the Spirit, our ladies ministry “The women at the well” book deals with “The character of a godly woman” based on fruits of the Spirit.
You can mail firstname.lastname@example.org for your copy.
Hard copy and soft copy available.
3: Interested in walking in God’s purpose for your life?
Then download my book on purpose below.
The book on purpose is one I also use for my NGO work in schools and starting from September we will be going on an outreach in schools across Lagos and Delta States in a conference tagged “Raising purposeful youths”.
The purpose book will be released in a second edition and given free to the students.
We need volunteers and sponsors for this and with just 1000naira you can sponsor a book and some few refreshments for a student. Nothing is too small or too big to support this with.
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God bless you.