By: Christina Fenton
I have a key chain with a Bible verse on it. My phone has a reference to God’s many blessings. In the past, I’ve had a local Christian radio station’s sticker on the bumper of my car. These things are an outward reflection of my inward soul. They can also be a great testimony to others as I go about my day-to-day life.
But, what if my heart is not right with God, and my actions do not glorify Him? What if words that are less than desirable come out of my mouth? What if my temper is not under control? What if I have an attitude of selfishness and not of love? What example am I to a non-believer? If others view Christianity as a hat you can take on and off and something we do, not who we are, the Christian life will seem like a fraud.
And then what? If we realize our actions are not demonstrating Christ in our lives, do we regret our actions, or, more importantly, do we have a repentant heart? There is such importance in not having a divided heart. Just because the outside looks good, doesn’t mean that we “are” good. In fact, we are not good apart from God. We need His constant help.
I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV
In Matthew 23:26, it says, “Thou blind Pharisee cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” Our lives need to reflect a changed heart, a heart living for God that denies self, and as a result produces authentic exterior changes. We will then speak sweeter, listen closer to others’ needs, and act more selflessly. Matthew 5:8 tells us, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” If we are cultivating a pure heart, we will see God more in our daily lives. And, if we are being filled with Him, there will be a direct outpour from us. Nonbelievers will be drawn to us because we are demonstrating love.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV
Please pray with me:
Dear God, I pray that you guide me each day in the words I say and the actions I take. I pray they are in accordance with your will. May I be in this world but not of this world. Let others see my life as a reflection of you. Let me not have a divided heart, and let my motivations be centered on you. It is the greatest blessing to know you and know you are in control. Let me rest in this fact so I can give my life a living sacrifice and be an example to others. I love you, dear God, and am so grateful to you. In your all-powerful name, Amen.