Friday, January 2, 2015

Becoming Who You Are

Encouragement for your daily walk with God

When my children were growing up, they asked a lot of “What ifs…What if this happens? What if that happens?” It got weary at times, but hey, inquiring minds want to know! I have a “What if” question for you. What if God stamped “I’m a child of God, watch me!” on your forehead the day you became a Christ follower? Would it change anything about the way you conduct your life?

Of course that doesn’t happen to any Christ follower, but in reality we do bear the name of Christ in this world. We are CHRISTIANS—His very CHILDREN! He adopted us into His family [Galatians 4:5], and has given us every spiritual blessing [Ephesians 1:3]. Being a child of God comes with some fantastic entitlements, distinctions, and privileges. I, for one, want to walk worthy of His name. When I was growing up, my Dad had one of those “talks” with me. He said, “Your name is Rickey Hill. Don’t do anything that brings disrespect to that name.” How much more so of Christ’s!

One of my Bible College professors was fond of saying, “The whole of your Christian life is this: Become who you are.” I took that to mean, you’re a child of God, act like one, and don’t bring any disrespect to that name!

Paul told the Ephesian Christ followers to “…walk worthy of the calling…” [Ephesians 4:1]. The word worthy here, is a word of balance/equalization—harmony. In other words, who you are and how you live must be harmonious. We have a colloquial phrase for that: Walk the talk. I prefer it this way: match your conduct with the Gospel. The exalted Gospel demands an exalted lifestyle. 

Happy 2015!

Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27

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