This past Sunday in church our pastor really talked straight to my heart.
He talked about how if we claim to be living in the Spirit, then we should be walking in the Spirit. Every single day. Our actions and words should be an example of the the Lord living in us. We can't just claim to believe, even the devil believes. We have to be changed from the inside out.
Ever since our miscarriage, God has been opening my eyes and working on my heart. I have been yearning to know Him even more intimately. I don't want to be a Christian that only calls on God when things go bad. I want God to be the center of my life every single day. We have to treat our relationship with Him just like a real relationship...it needs attention and time to grow and flourish.
The sermon this past week really made me think...what would y'all see if y'all hung out with me for a day? Most of y'all only know me from my blog. This is my space, where I can say/do/be whatever I want to be. But what if y'all met me in person. Would y'all see Jesus in my actions? Would y'all feel His love and mercy? Would y'all hear me gossiping or griping or just having a bad attitude?
If I'm being honest, I could say maybe yes and maybe no, depending on my mood, how busy work was, etc. I want that to change. I want everyone to see Jesus in me all the time. I want people to think "there is something different about her." I know I will mess up. I'm human. But God's forgiveness is new every day and He wants me to keep trucking along, growing in Him and striving to be more like Jesus.
I read this verse yesterday and wow...
Value others about yourself. Look to the interest of others.
That's hard for our selfish human nature, but as Christians we are called to run from our human nature and strive to be more like the nature of Jesus. We don't have to succeed every single second of every single day, but we should at least be trying. And we should be convicted when we do something that goes against that nature.
Lately my prayer has been for the Lord to allow me to see people through His eyes and with His heart. Every single person is His child and He loves them all, so why can't we?
Walk the walk, believers. ROCK the walk. ; )