|Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody. -1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. -1 Timothy 4:16
Have you realized that when we give our lives to Christ, we begin not only to live for God and ourselves, but we also begin to live for others. I read through some of the different letters that Paul wrote to Timothy, and others that they both wrote to different Churches, and most of them were filled with warnings about living to please God so that we may save ourselves and our hearers or outsiders. What does this tell us?
The moment you made or make a public declaration asking Jesus to become the Lord of your life is the day you become responsible for your faith and your hearer's as well. This sounds pretty intense, but I want you to think about it for a second. What was (is) your motivation to get saved? More than likely, a big part of it was because someone else’s life and faith in God convicted you and made you want more for yourself. Am I right? So you have a responsibility to ensure that you are not the reason for your brother's downfall.
People are influenced by other people, and there is nothing wrong with that, because God created us to be dependent on each other. This is the reason why you and I are held to a higher standard when we become born again Christians. The world begins to look up to us for guidance and inspiration, and it is up to us to guide and inspire through the manner we conduct ourselves.
I am therefore urging you today to begin to think about others before you carelessly live your lives. Think about the consequences your actions may have on the people around you. Do you think that your life and conduct will encourage people to turn to God? Or is it going to be an excuse for others to compromise their faith in God? Live your lives with care, and please never forget that you are responsible for the lives of your hearers. You have more of an influence on the world than you can imagine, so please be careful!
Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come.” –Luke 17:1
BE CAREFUL…..THE WORLD IS WATCHING AND GETTING INSPIRED BY EVERY WORD YOU SPEAK AND EVERYTHING YOU DO!
Consider yourself apprised!
Stay blessed and spread the word.