“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” (1 Peter 2:12, NIV 1984).
My Musings – How we live our lives, how we conduct ourselves, may be the only picture of Christ some may ever see. Will they like what they see? Will they be attracted or repulsed. But hey, it was only a golf game. Such a little thing really. Really?
That tiny crack when the rock hit our windshield last year. Maybe we haven’t noticed, but it’s spreading. Or the cracks in the asphalt that we first noticed in the fall are now potholes after a long, hard, winter. Apples and oranges. Life is not like that, one might say. But they would be wrong. “Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?” (1 Corinthians 5:6, NIV 1984).
My Advice – People are listening to what we say, and watching what we do. Even the little things, because little things, left uncorrected, have a tendency to become big things as they work through the “dough.” At best, a sign of spiritual immaturity. At worst, an indication of hypocrisy. Little things matter just as much as the big things.
“Would you believe in the Savior of someone who cheats on even little things or lowers the bar when it comes to their behavior?” Neither will your friend, neighbor, classmate, co-worker… They don’t expect perfection, but they do expect consistency in walk and talk, little or big, at church or out in the world…