Tuesday, June 14, 2011

“Wherever you are, be all there.”

It was character that got us out of bed, commitment that moved us into action, and discipline that enabled us to follow through. - Zig Ziglar

Colossians 1:10  That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;


One of the things that always impresses me about the people I consider truly spiritual is the consistency of their walk.  It doesn’t matter whether they are sharing the Gospel, raising a child or digging a ditch.  The same consistency and integrity is there.  And that’s important.  Believers will see that consistency and be encouraged.  Unbelievers have an opportunity to see substance in what we say we believe.  That it’s not the circumstances, but the witness that’s important.  As Zig Ziglar put it in the quote above, we show character, commitment and discipline.  Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter has said, “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”  Be confident in God given ability, then be tough enough to use it…no matter what. 

Modern day missionary and martyr Jim Elliot once made the statement quoted in the title of today’s entry.  “Wherever you are, be all there.”  It doesn’t matter if we’re preaching the Word on the mission field or pumping gas in our hometown.  We’re in the job that God gave us, it’s the mission field where Christ wants to shine through.  And that’s where we meet the Colossians 1:10 experience.  We walk worthy, we’re fruitful and we get to know Him in ways that otherwise would be completely impossible.

I’m probably quoting someone with my next statement, although I really don’t recall who originally said it.  But I often state that we need to be consistent and committed to everything we say and do because “we may be the only Christ some people will ever see."  If I have an unsaved boss or coworker, they’re going to be watching to see if my actions match my words.  Will my testimony be that I give a day’s work (or more) for a day’s pay?  Or am I going to be so focused on “spiritual” things that I rob my employer of the labor he’s due.  Being so “spiritual” that I’m no earthly good.  Do I tell my friends and family about the grace and mercy of God while giving none to someone I’m complaining about?  Do I tell people how faithful God is while being more focused on my problems than how God is carrying me through them?

We don’t ever want to forget that we’re hand picked by God as His witnesses in every circumstance.  Called to, as Christ put it in Matthew 10:16, “be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”  And, sometimes, the loudest example of that is in how our actions line up with what we say.

On our recently added prayer list there are Russ, Columbia, Jimmy and Betty.  Also, keep praying for Curtis, Peggy, Joyce, Dana and Libby.  And their families.  By lifting them up to God, we ourselves become a memorial unto Him.  A testimony of His faithfulness.

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