As it is written: "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you."
Thoughts for Today:A man wrote to a publication recently asking for advice. His sister had just become a born-again Christian and was making the entire family crazy. He complained her nose was always buried in a Bible, she regularly ran off to Church, prayed before meals, and talked to anyone who would listen about Jesus. She was making quite a nuisance of herself. He asked the author of the publication for help. The author responded with these comments: There was nothing much the brother could do about his sister's new found faith -- other than let it run its course (perhaps he might consider listening). In the meantime, he would have a front row seat to witness some of the more amazingly unselfish acts of kindness and charity (performed in the name of Jesus), he would ever see in his lifetime -- so enjoy it while it lasts.
If these "amazingly unselfish acts of kindness and charity" lasted a lifetime -- wouldn't it bring honor and glory to God, rather than His name being cursed? Too often Christianity is about judging and condemning the behavior of others, or claiming higher moral character -- only to fall short, disgraced in full public view. Paul tells us, "God's name is cursed by the Gentiles because of you." That's a pretty serious accusation, and one we should all be concerned about.
Questions to Ponder:When was the last time you performed an "amazingly unselfish act of kindness and charity" in the name of Jesus Christ? When your behavior brought honor and glory to our Lord? How can you serve? Will you make a daily commitment? Will you begin today?