Philippians 3:15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (Let us live by the truth we already know)
17 Join together in following my example, (Pauls) brothers and sisters, and just as you have the apostles us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do (authentic believers).18 For, as I have often told you before and now tell you again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.
When you mature in your faith, living the Word, without any false righteousness, you will inadvertently become a role model. Others will see your authenticity, weakness, faith, vulnerability and all without guile.
The world needs more of such!
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.8 This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 (What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) 11 So Christ himself gave US the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 Why? to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, Only then will we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
Whatever that is done in Christ’s name without truth, nothing but the truth will benefit none. We all need to transcend “do as I say, not as I do”!
To impact our world we need to be true, be vulnerably true, authentic, and comfortable in our own authenticity. Only then can we have an impact!
The world is looking at us and seeing duplicity! Our speech is not backed by the corresponding action! They can see through our presentation! Oh Lord have mercy!
Friends, let us be true to ourselves, Christ word will transform us from within to be what we are supposed to be! A change agent, as in when we behold him, 2 Corinthians 3: 18 ….with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!
“This means put into practice the truth you have already comprehended. We are responsible for the truth we currently possess.” NIV Commentary
What truth do you already know? Are you living by It? We all know the greatest commandment! Don’t we all? Don’t you? Well, let me tell you!
It is according to Jesus Christ, to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and the greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:37 – 39
Let us act out on this truth, all of us that knows this truth, and I know, certainly so, we will be able to make a difference in our world, starting from our family. Charity begins at home!
Let us endeavour to live a life of love! Just think about this for a moment. Treating everyone the way you like to be treated, doing unto others what you expect to be done to you.
We will be kinder, nicer, thoughtful, selfless, respectful, giving, we will live more freely, be authentic, less judgemental, and the list goes on. Our world, I mean our relationship, family, Churches, community, will be different from what it is now!
“No matter what I am going through, love always pulls me out of whatever darkness wants to drown me! Love is my life’s anchor!” Joan Boldact
Help us Lord to live the truth we already know! Help us to not only love in words, but in action. Help us to forgive so we can be forgiven we pray in Jesus mighty name.
Shalom! Shalom! Shalom!