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Topic: Like Living in a Goldfish Bowl (11/07/13)
- TITLE: Thank God - People Are Watching
By LaVonne Wood
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Instead of focusing on the negative gossip, let us give them some positive happenings to talk about. The conversation might go something like this – “Did you hear that Betty is sending cards to many people in town. She says it is to cheer them up. I received one yesterday and it just made my day.”
“And did you hear that Nancy is babysitting for the Thompsons so they can have a night out at least once a month.”
“I heard that John and Susie are inviting people off the street to come to their house for a meal every Sunday night. They are talking about opening a soup kitchen.”
Though it may not be possible to turn gossip sessions into all positive conversation, we can sure “give it a good try” if we get enough Christians making an effort.
No, we should not do our good deeds just to “be seen of men” Matt.6:1-4. We should do it as unto the Lord and for giving glory to God. With the leading of the Holy Spirit, we can know what God would have us do each day.
You can be sure people are watching us to see if we are walking the Christian walk. Suppose we let the Lord handle the negative feedback from people and our concentration be on how we can influence the world for God. It is just as important, if not more so, that people see how a Christian shows the love of God, as it is to tell them about that love.
Jesus never seemed concerned about the religious leaders who were trying to find fault with everything He did. He always had an answer from the Word to stop them in their tracks. However, crowds of people who saw the miracles, healings and forgiveness that changed lives surrounded him. Remember Jesus said that we would do even greater things than these, John 14:12.
Christ was always encouraging people to follow His example. Are we out doing the things that Christ would do? Is our life enticing people to do the same?
Let us give people a reason to talk. Let’s hope they are watching when we pray for someone who receives a miracle. Let’s make the love of Christ visible wherever we go and in everything we do. Is not that the essence of the Great Commission?
Thank God, people are watching!
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