Reading: Galatians 2: 15-21
Whenever we as Christians allow ourselves to be identified with something or someone other than Christ, we have gone astray. When we are not living fully for Christ, then we are less than God intends us to be. When we compartmentalize our faith to Sunday mornings and maybe even to a quiet time each day, then we are denying our faith in Christ most of the time. Our faith must permeate all of our life all of the time.
Think of a famous and successful company. They are not excellent some of the time. Not just some of the products or services they offer are high quality. They do not meet the needs of their customers just some of the time. Those companies that are successful are always striving to do their very best, to build brand loyalty, and to always improve. At times they may indeed fail, but then they work doubly hard to correct whatever went wrong to insure that it is not repeated.
As Christians we too must seek to be excellent and consistent. When we declare that we are a follower of Jesus Christ, then we have set the bar really high. We are not aligning ourselves with a mediocre product, but with someone who was excellent and consistent with everything he did. We cannot say we love all people and then turn our backs on some because they are different or simply because they are hard to love. We cannot say ‘use me God’ and then decide we would just rather watch TV or go to the lake today. We cannot declare Jesus Lord and Master and then go off and do our own thing, living as if Christ did not exist.
We must love so unconditionally that others are amazed and stop to wonder. We must say and do things for God that are uncommon and cause others to halt in their tracks and ponder why we are so giving. We must begin each day in prayer, seeking to discern His guidance and direction for our day and then respond by going where He leads. May it be so.