God's word in today's world

Actions looking good


I visit every stall at Nampo in Bredasdorp. I really enjoy seeing what new products there are on the market to make farming easier for farmers. I spend a long time chatting with the people I know. Even if farming entered your veins long ago, it never goes away. 

When I’m tired, I sit down and do some people-watching. Without people realising it, the way they act, also at the show, tells exactly where they come from and what they are made of. 

Some young men are neat and speak nicely. If someone greets them, they take off their caps, smile broadly and give a firm handshake. You can see their parents raised them well. 

Others simply don’t care. They use bad language and if they bump into someone, they don’t even apologise. Later, when they hang around with a glass in their hands, I move to another spot, because it’s no fun to watch the mess. It’s rather upsetting. 

Your actions tell the story of who you are. It draws a line to your mouth and heart. It says a bit about your background and what you’re made of. It opens the curtain, and people can see where your faith lies. 

Can people see that you are a child of God? Do your actions tell the right story, or do they confuse people, because what you say and what you do, do not convey the same message? 

Yes, there was a time when our actions were very wrong. 3You’ve already put in your time in that God-ignorant way of life, partying night after night, a drunken and profligate life.  

We all might not have been so bad, maybe just a little off the road. But I do know a few friends who used to fit squarely into this category. Fortunately, they came to their senses and stopped making a mess of things. Today, they live good lives, and even help others to get off the rough roads. 

Maybe you’re grateful that you were never so wildly off the road, but the question remains whether other people can see from your way of living that your life is controlled by the Holy Spirit. 

When things don’t run according to plan at business or work, how do you talk to people? If someone pushes in front of you in traffic, does your blood boil over? When you don’t get your way, where do your toys go? Or when you’re among your pals, do you just go with the flow? 

Let’s make sure our behaviour is in line with what we believe. Let’s make sure that the building blocks of our faith become visible in all our actions, especially when things don’t go the way we want them to. May others want to be like us, because our actions always proclaim our faith’s soft words. 

Scripture
1 Peter 4:1-6 

Reflection
Do others see your faith through your actions?
Where are your actions still going in the wrong direction?
How can you prevent your actions from going wrong? 

Prayer
Father, I want so much to act and speak right in all circumstances, but sometimes I fall into the trap. Help me to always do Your will. I ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.  

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