People Watch Us When We’re At Our Worst

People Watch Us When We’re At Our Worst

We’re the only Bible some folks ever read.

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When we think of that saying, we prepare our minds to put on our best manners. No road rage. Smile when a frustrated shopper yells. Be honest in business dealings. Hard as all those things are, my pastor reminded me today of something even harder.

 

People watch Christians during our worst trials.

 

But about midnight, as Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

                     Acts 16:25 (Amplified Bible)

 

Paul and Silas came to Philippi to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. After prayer, they noticed a slave girl following them. The woman found salvation. What a great victory!

The girl’s owners enticed the crowd to mob mentality. Rabble rousers stripped the clothing off Paul and Silas. While they stood in disgrace, the rulers commanded they be beaten with rods.  They were thrown into isolation and their feet put in stocks. Cuts and bruises received no salve. No one gave them pain killers. No consideration was made for basic hygiene.

At one of the worst moments of their lives, they sang praise to God, and OTHER PRISONERS LISTENED.

 

Could you handle the trial that well?

Could I?

How did Paul and Silas remain positive and grateful in terrible times?

 

We get a hint in Ephesians 5: 18-19

 

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled and stimulated with the Holy Spirit.

Speak out to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, offering praise with voices (and instruments) and making melody with all your heart to the Lord

 

 

In this Scripture, Paul tells us not to be filled with other things, fleshly things, to make us happy and keep us uplifted and full of life. Instead, keep filled with the Spirit.

 

With a life full of God’s Holy Spirit, we can’t help but, like verse 19 says, “offer praise with voices, and make melody to the Lord.”

 

Even in prison with pain and trauma, Paul and Silas were so full of God that they couldn’t help but sing. I pray that I stay that full. Since I become self absorbed too often, I must refill every day, and so do you.

 

Remember, people watch Christians when we’re at our worst.

 

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Janet K. Brown About Janet K. Brown

Janet K. Brown scored a dream come true when God gave her writing as her ministry. Her women’s fiction, Worth Her Weight, released this year as a compliment to her devotion book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. She lives with her husband in Wichita Falls, TX and loves to visit family and share with writers and readers.

Comments

  1. So true! Kristin once posted about seeing a famous Christian speaker out and about with his family and heard a bad word come out of his mouth. It made an impression. I think about that all the time now. What if Jesus was standing around next to me while I’m out somewhere? How would I want to act? It wakes me up!

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  2. Good example, Cherie. When we’re sick, or grieving for a loved one, when we’re stressed at work, or have just suffered a tongue-lashing, we don’t always provide the best example. It’s sobering to think that non-Christians are watching to see how we handle it. What an opportunity to witness through our action, but it’s so hard.

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  3. Laurie Driesen says:

    What a great reminder! I hope I’ll always remember that! We are always a witness to others.

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  4. Thanks for the comment, Laurie. We sure need to stay full of God.

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  5. “Live your life so that others may see Christ in you.” Not sure of the exact words or the Scripture to find it, but that’s been my life motto. I spent twenty-one years in an environment of coarse construction workers and salesmen. They knew me well enough to apologize to me if they realized I had heard them. The way I lived and comported myself was my strongest testimony.

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  6. Janet K Brown (@janetkbrowntx) says:

    Wise counsel, Peg. That’s a great testimony. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it.

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