Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. –1 Peter 2:12 ESV
What’s on your calendar for the rest of the year? Something challenging or exciting? What about in 5 years? 10? Retirement? After that? Ever think about how your influence will extend past your time on earth?
Unfortunately, in a culture opposed to God, it feels like our godly efforts fall on lives that are hardened by the cares of life and their impact is swept away before they can make a mark. When you feel that frustration, remember Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV), which says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”
It doesn’t take a theologian or a historian to tell us that our days are also evil… especially when we feel mockery in our pursuit of godliness and resistance to advancing the cause of Christ. If we don’t actively choose to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33 NIV) then our efforts to make an impact for Jesus will be blown away with the wind. But don’t quit. Remember that godliness and persistence matter because you never know when your Christ-like influence will leave a lasting impression for God’s kingdom.
1) God, I confess I’m focused too much on this world. Help me set my eyes on Your kingdom and live for You.
2) Jesus, I miss so much of what’s really going on around me. Help me see people with Your heart and make the most my time.