Living lives that exemplify the life of Christ is the primary way we are to be witnesses of Jesus to the world. However in the world, living lives that dishonor families, employers and basic human life has become the norm.
As sad as that statement is the good news is that as Christians, when we live honorable lives we tend to stick out like sore thumbs.
Retirement of a Legend
Today Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees short stop for the past 20 years announced that this will be his last season in baseball. All day long the media outlets have done nothing but praise the future Hall of Famer for his conduct both on and off the field.
How does your life measure up when it comes to living as a quiet example of the life of Christ? Living a quiet life might mean that you’ll have to eliminate certain people from your life. Living a quiet life may mean that you’ll have to exclude certain family members from your life.
One statement that a television commentator made regarding Jeter was that “He played for the Yankees for 20 years and not one time has he done anything to embarrass himself or the Yankees”.
I’m not sure why this comment stuck in my mind for most of the day today. In a day and age when cheating, controversy and conflict has become the norm in the sports world, it’s amazing that we have come to a place where doing the right thing and being responsible with our lives would have to be mentioned and used as a complement.
Shouldn’t a career free from embarrassing oneself be the norm? My hat goes off to Mr. Jeter for never being arrested for DUI, for never beating his girlfriend, for paying his bills and for never testing positive for a controlled substance. It’s sad that I have to congratulate him for leading a responsible life.
Living the God Quality of Life
In 1 Thessalonians 4:11 we are told to live quiet lives and to mind our own business. Psalm 34:14 tells us to seek peace and pursue it.
How does your life measure up when it comes to living as a quiet example of the life of Christ? As we go out into the world to work, to school and to play I encourage you to be mindful of how your life looks to the silent witnesses who observe your daily conduct.
Fight the temptation to get pulled into tumultuous situations. Living a quiet life might mean that you’ll have to eliminate certain people from your life. Living a quiet life may mean that you’ll have to exclude certain family members from your life.
Being a witness for God here in the earth is a higher calling than remaining in turmoil with friends and family.
Living Your Life as an Example for Others
People are watching us. They pay attention to what we do, what we say, where we go and how we’re living our lives. As we lead lives that show the world who Christ is, we may not get much feedback on the impression we are leaving with others.
Don’t seek the feedback, seek to be an example of Christ. Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven (Matthew 5:16).
Most people are very reluctant to dole out complements and /or let you know how your example has affected their lives. Acknowledgments, kudos and congratulations on how you’ve lived your life may not come until you complete your race and even then, don’t get caught up in receiving accolades from men.
Go about your days living lives that are worthy of His calling and it won’t be very long before you’ll hear feedback from the only one whose feedback really matters. Live your life seeking only to eventually hear the voice of your Heavenly Father saying, “Well done, my good and faithful servant”.