Yesterday, our newest kid's devotion debuted (You can watch them at the link here). In one of the segments, the boys played a game called "Listen and Obey" (It's like Simon Says, but you don't have a choice: you have to follow the instructions). Our Youngest was having difficulty with some of the instructions as they were being given, so he noticeably watched his brothers to get their cue from them. I read some of the comments his grandparents were saying to encourage him, and they, also, noticed him taking his cues from his brothers. I couldn't help but see Spiritual parallels in this. Consider our walk. Some of us have been walking with Jesus longer than others. Some of us have been in the word and walking by it for a long time. There's always people who are younger in the faith watching us, and taking their cues from how we behave. What kind of example are we setting? How are our actions, which back up our talk, leading other people to believe in Jesus? Someone is always watching, and they're basing their own walk with Jesus by how well we conduct ourselves during ours. Live up to the calling of Christ by which you walk! Remember the words of our Lord and Master: "In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16) 1 Peter 2:9-12 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 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.