Thursday, September 5, 2013

"What if everyone who claimed to be a Christian would go out and ACT like one?"

As I was listening to one of Joyce Meyer's broadcasts today, she talked about the fact that there is no bigger turn off to kids of today than a hypocrite.  She observed that you can say what you will about the next generations, but they have no tolerance for people and things that are not 'real'.  She told of having to tell the women that come to her Women's conference how to behave when they go out into the city of St. Louis and represent themselves as Christians.  You see, the business owners in the area had experienced issues of rudeness and cheapness among these women who came for a Christian conference.  She posited the following " What if everyone who CLAIMED to be a Christian would go out and ACT like one?"

The sigh of recognition was audible.  Surely everyone thought  the world would be a much better place if people lived up to the principles they professed to embrace.

Tom Flick likes to say "It's not what you know, but what you do with what you know". 

Mike Huckabee devoted an entire book to the concept of our country not needing so many laws, taxes, welfare and regulations if people would simply Do The Right Thing.  It's quite a thought.  If everyone would just straighten up and fly right, the amount of litigation, money and law-making we could save is staggering.

But alas, we are human. Our nature is a 'me first' mentality.  We must learn to be selfless, which is not easy. Then we must apply what we have learned. Letting go of the instant gratification for the uncertainty of the delayed gratification can be scary.  This is where faith plays a key role.  Unless we embrace the Biblical concept of 'dying to self' we cannot reap the rewards.  The concept of suffering a little now and reaping a much greater benefit later has at least 17 references in the Bible including the following:

"For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory 2Corinthians 4:16-17

What we fail to realize is the benefits of dying to self are earthly as well as eternal.  Zig lived by the philosophy -"You can have everything in life you want - if you will just help enough other people get what they want." 

Ask anyone who has volunteered their time and energy for someone less fortunate.  Time and time again we hear how the benefit to themselves was far greater than what they gave up to be there.  Robert Kiyosaki talks about his Rich Dad's approach to hard business/financial times.  He would get outside of himself and his own problems and focus on or donate to someone else.  His solutions often came to him when he was helping others. 

I am reminding myself today to step outside and take a look at my actions from the perspective of those around me.  It is my desire to benefit others by living my life as a witness, I have to make sure I am a good one!

And if all of the above doesn't make sense to you - then go with the bumper sticker "Karma - only a @#$@ if YOU are" 
 

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