We had a wonderfully chaotic Sunday School lesson this morning. When you take one pregnant woman, her brother, his wife, her brother, the teacher, his sister, and three youth aged kids what can you expect other than happy chaos?
I really love our class and though sometimes we end up WAAAAY off track, there are some times where what we talk about really hits home.
Yesterday was one of those days. In verse 17 of Philippians 3, Paul tells us to follow his example and model our lives after him. (NOTE: He is NOT telling is to be him and that he is perfect, he is telling us that he is striving to be Christ-like and so should we.) He talks about counting all worldly achievements as “poop” and that what matters is doing the work of God and one day joining Him in Heaven.
Our Sunday School teacher posed a great question at the end of class. “If someone were to model their lives after you, what would the end result be? What are they seeing you do as their model and are you someone whom they should really be using as an example?”
This is a wonderful, challenging, humbling thing to thing about. If someone was watching you all day what would they see? Would they see the love of God or the bitterness of man? Would they see prayers or curses? Would they be a witness to miracles or would they cringe watching how you interact with people? If they did the things you did, would God smile down on them, or would the devil be jumping for joy?
For parents, think of your kids. They watch you all day long, even when you don’t notice. Are your cursing when you think no one else is looking. Do you read your bible and pray where they can see and hear you? Do the shows you watch reflect your relationship with Christ? Would you still do all these things with your child right next to you?
Today, take 15-20 minutes to reflect on this. Think about who you are, what you do, how you interact with others. Does this align with the love of God? If it doesn’t, how can you fix that? Take time to pray that God reveals areas of your life that He wants you to work on and improve. Take His answers and humbly accept them, don’t scoff and ignore Him. Change may be difficult and take time, but it can be done and God will be with you every step of the way.
If you have questions or comments, please leave them below.
I will continue to pray for all of you!