Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Looking in the Mirror

From James 1:22-25
'Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.'

When you go into the workplace, do you forget who you are? Does your faith stop at the door? When you enter into an environment filled with complaining and arguing, gossip or back-stabbing, do you engage into the conversation and blend in like a chameleon, shifting your colors to match the attitude of everyone around you? Or, as this passage puts it, do you remember that you are held to a higher accounting?

We have to be different. Other than. We have to stick out like sore thumbs, Christian. We don't need to condemn, we just need to quit hiding our light. The key word I see when I read this passage is that the man who is blessed is the man who "continues". He doesn't set down his faith. He doesn't shape shift. He sees God's law and he remains in that freedom, refusing to forfeit the blessing.

Think about that as you walk through the doors of your workplace and as you grace the front step of your home. Remain. Continue in your freedom.

If you don't make it a priority, if you don't cherish your faith, it will be plucked from you.
But if you keep it close to your heart, at the front of your mind, you'll change your world from the inside out.

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