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“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ . . .” (Philippians 1:27, New King James Version).

Mahatma Gandhi, the prominent Indian political leader and a Hindu (1869-1948), stated, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

Have you ever been present when someone’s actions reflect negatively on being a Christian? It could be rudeness, an argumentative or critical attitude, a lack of integrity, poor work ethics, or other behavior that is not Christ-like. You felt embarrassed and uncomfortable. If only you could protest, “Don’t judge all Christians by the way she is acting!”

The validity of our Christian witness will be revealed by how we live our lives. The Bible tells us that we are to be lights in a dark world. If our actions are no different from those around us, how can they “see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16)?

Titus 2:7-8 says that it is possible to live in a way that even our critics won’t be able to say anything bad about us.

“In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you” (NKJV).

Wherever we go, others are watching. It’s important to live in such a way that they can honestly say, “I see Jesus in her.” And may their next statement be, “I want that same thing in my life!”

Prayer: Lord, help me to live in such a way that others will see Your light shining through me. May I guard my words and my actions so they do not reflect negatively on Your name. Never let it be said that someone turned away from You because of how I lived. I want my life to be a reflection on You so others will desire to also serve You.

“Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days. There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’s counsel—that will stand” (Proverbs 19:20-21, New King James Version). I observed how two friends faced decisions in their lives. The first plunged ahead, neither…

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways. (Psalm 119:37, ESV) Peter turned to watch the wind churn big waves. Lot’s wife looked back to see her city in flames. David peered across rooftops and found momentary pleasure. Eve looked on the fruit and…

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay. “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his…

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3, KJV)…

“Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;” (Luke 12:35, KJV) I have probably read this verse or heard the phrase “gird your loins” hundreds of times, but today the English Standard Version struck me different. “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning,” (Luke 12:35, ESV) As…

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2 (KJV) On a cold winter day I pulled into a snow packed Walmart parking lot. I drove…