An old adage says we are what we eat. Of what does your diet consist? I do not mean the food that is eaten, but everything else that is ingested. When I was younger, I used to think that I could watch, read, or listen to anything and not absorb the material’s negative content. I knew, however, that bad company corrupts morals. Yet, I did not realize that the same premise relates to what we take in through both our eye and ear gate. Ungodly content corrupts our thinking. Christians are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. We are Christ’s holy priests and through his mediation we offer spiritual sacrifices that please God (1 Peter 2:5). As a living stone, let’s be careful of our actions because Christians and non Christians are watching us. As difficult as it may seem, we should neither love the world nor the things therein (1 John 3:18). Those things have a tendency to draw us away from Christ. Let’s be mature in our faith and not be conformed to this world, but let the renewing of our minds transform us (Romans 12).
How do we achieve transformation? How do we get to the point in which others see Christ within us? Spending intimate fellowship with Christ through prayer and meditation on God’s word will result in becoming an effective witness for Christ. It may not happen immediately, but if one consistently spends time at the feet of Christ, meditating on his word day and night, he or she will be like a tree planted by the rivers of water that bears fruit in its season (Psalm 1: 2-3). God knows the thoughts and the intents of the heart (Jeremiah 17:10). He knows if we are sincere in our walk with him, if we spend time either communing with him or whether our time is totally spent engaged in carnal matters. As believers, we must be mindful that our conduct is displayed to the world. We do not want to be a stumbling block to others who are seeking Christ. Both a transformed and renewed mind have the effect of drawing others into God’s kingdom.
If we are the best witness of Christ at home, at work, and in our communities, Christ’s name will reverberate throughout the earth. If our actions are reprehensible to the world, then others may not want to be part of God’s family. Our righteousness is in Christ; thus, let’s have a clean heart and a right spirit within us.
God, search me and know my heart, try me and know my anxieties, and if there is any wicked way in me, lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139: 23-24). That is my prayer.
For further reflection and meditation: Read Psalm 139.