So, I have always maintained that being convicted is a good thing. To me, it lets me know where I can improve as a Christian, and it’s a reminder of being in the will of God. Though life has been overwhelming me, I have realized that one of the challenges that I am facing is to STILL praise God and be in communion with God as I was BEFORE I received these recent blessings. Note Deuteromony 6:10-12:
“When the LORD your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build, houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, be careful that you do not forget the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”
But, today’s devotional was also an EXCELLENT reminder for me of the importance of being a bold, and living witness of the power of Christ in my life. The devotional was based of 2 Corinthians 2:15 which says,
“For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.”
Then, there was the following statement:
When I enter a room, do my words and deeds give testimony of a life changed by Christ or evidence of an inconsistent walk with God? Am I a pleasing fragrance to God? The spiritual influence we have on others is the fragrance that God senses. What impression of Christ do I leave with those I meet each day?
So yeah, I was convicted…cause I KNOW how I can be from day to day; even on my “good” days. But the real truth is that even on our “bad” days, every day is a good day to exhibit the love of Christ and his power in our lives.
Be encouraged all…
July 31, 2007 at 3:01 pm
Erin, I see you with the Upper Room!!! Didn’t know you read that devotional.
Yeah that got me too (I’m sure no one is surprised about that) – especially as I’m going to new levels in life across the board.
I believe I’ve experienced some setbacks at times because I wasn’t completely focused, I was professing Christ and I was highly visible (to believers and non-believers): three things that should not go together. As God increases our visibility, our commitment to righteousness must increase too. This world doesn’t need one more fence straddling Christian.