Guest Post: The Outside Within

“For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10

Going to the point of no return has got to be a tiring adventure; wouldn’t you say?  Many times we humans individually worry about how we are seen around others.  Do we fit in with the crowd?  Do we make a statement with our own attire?  Be the person who inspires, not the one who follows others’ ideas. Be fierce in who you are and what you stand for; be steadfast.  Train your mind to be tough enough to not get hurt by words.  Train your heart to guide itself, using God’s words, for the world cannot control your actions.  Above all, do the right thing according to God.

In 1 Timothy chapter 3 God teaches us the qualifications of the elders and deacons. Verses 1 – 7 talk about elders and the Christ-like mentality they are to abide by. Verses 8 – 13 describe how Deacons should live. Then, verses 14 – 16 talk about how we are to behave in the household of God.

I guess you’re wondering what this has do with each of us as individuals.  It is important to remember always that eyes are watching us:  watching how we act in school, at work, with groups of friends, and with our families.  Also, God is always watching us.  Do we take that into account?  I want you to ask yourself, “What would others around me say about me?”  Would it be bad or good?

If we our willing to serve God, and step up in His ministry to help the household of the Lord and glorify His name, then we must pursue righteousness in the eyes of our Father in heaven.  People want to be seen as clean and pure–like a white rose that is blameless, yet beautiful and simple.  God looks at who we are every day when no one is looking. Make Him see you in Jesus Christ’s light. Be humble. Philippians 4:8-9 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me-practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

~Guest Writer: Bijay Guzman


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