Encouragement for your daily walk with God
In his book, Dare to Care Like Jesus, Leslie Flynn wrote about a Christian baroness living in the highlands of Nairobi, Kenya. A young national was employed as her houseboy. After three months, he asked the baroness to give him a letter of reference to a friendly sheik some miles away. The baroness, not wishing the houseboy to leave just when he had learned the routine of the household, offered to increase his pay. The lad replied that he was not leaving for higher pay. Rather, he had decided he would become either a Christian or a Muslim. That was why he had come to work for the baroness for three months. He wanted to see how Christians acted. Now he wanted to work for three months for the sheik to observe the ways of the Muslims. Then he would decide which way of life he would follow. The baroness was stunned as she recalled her many blemishes in dealing with the houseboy. She could only exclaim, "Why didn't you tell me at the beginning!”
Is it good news or bad news that people are watching us everywhere we go? I think it’s good news, quite frankly. I don’t mean by that we must act perfectly; none of us is able to live that way. But it helps us to see our need of repentance, and examining our behavior and motives. And, most of all, praying for God’s deliverance when we fall short.
You’re a Christ follower. Better yourself every day for His sake, and for the sake of all who are watching.
Test yourselves to make sure you are solid in the faith. Don’t drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourselves regular checkups. You need firsthand evidence, not mere hearsay, that Jesus Christ is in you. Test it out. If you fail the test, do something about it. 2 Corinthians 13:5 [The MESSAGE Paraphrase]