The Loudest Voice
I didn’t want to read my Bible. Not even a little. But I was awake before everyone else and the house was quiet. It wasn’t long after forcing myself to open the pages before one of of our sons came into the room and climbed onto the couch beside me.
“You’re reading your Bible, right? Look – I brought mine too!”
It was the first time to sit side by side as the rest of the house slept and read our Bibles independently. And the realization hit me – he’d been watching. Of all things that might be said, actions have the loudest voice.
As Christ-followers there are three daily truths we need to remember as we go about our days:
Be a follower of one. It’s pretty simple – we’re either following Jesus or we’re not. We’re either taking the journey with other people who are following Jesus too or we’re not. In a shiny world of buttons that scream “follow me,” remember there is only one way – Jesus.
We lead by example. We are like signs that direct others to Him or elsewhere. At first glance, the thought of this makes me panic because, honestly, my faith walk often looks like a drunken stumble! The apostle Paul described how we “strain” and “press on” as we live out our faith (Phil. 3:14). There is hope for us despite the struggle. We are not asked to lie and pretend that we have it all figured out. The sweat stains and scars from the battle will show. If we lay aside our prideful masks of perfection with humility, those who witness our lives will also see the love, mercy, forgiveness, grace, and working transformation of our great Rescuer.
Practice wisdom in choosing role-models. Consider who you “walk” with in life, online, as readers, and media viewers. Filter everything through what God says is good and edifying. Do build relationships with and love on those who don’t know Jesus, but be picky with the choice of who you allow in your innermost circle of confidants. Who we watch, listen to, and keep company with will shape our thoughts, speech, beliefs, and who we become. Paul urged, “Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us, (Phil. 3:17).
Words are make a difference. Speak them and, with your loudest voice, live them to reflect Him.
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2