"THE MAGNIFYING GLASS"
Brothers, we as born again believers are always under the magnifying glass. We are watched by those who are lost and know that we profess to be children of God. To them we are to be an example of what God means to us. Of how personal our relationship is to Him and also to our brothers in Christ Jesus. They will see how we act in our daily lives as we live as their neighbor, as their co-worker, as their supervisor, or as their servant. All Christian's will be judged by what they see us do or say.
Brothers this is a grave responsibility that God has given to us his children. The lost who observe us in our daily walk with Christ, will either be open to the conviction of the Holy Spirit when he pulls upon their heart. Or else they will be resistant to the Holy Spirit because they believe all Christian's to be hypocrites. When I said above that this was a grave responsibility that God had given to us his children.
This is what I meant. Suppose for a minute that we are the only Christians that this person knows, and we very well could be. If he has judged us a hypocrite, saying one thing and doing another, then we have affected in a negative way his being open to accepting the Holy Spirit, and knowing or rejecting his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God forbid, that you and I would ever be, even in a small way responsible for any lost soul rejecting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savor of their life.
Please, as you walk each day be always aware of those around, you and those that you come in contact with each day. Not only will the lost judge your life that you live, but also fellow Christians will also look at you. Some are very new Christians, and depend upon us for teaching by how we live our lives, and by the words that come from our mouths. Some are older Christians, and some are possibly back sliden and are judging themselves in comparison to us. In this case they may be justifying their back sliden state by seeing us say, and do the wrong things. They then tell themselves that they are ok because we are acting or walking through this life in the same way as they are.
Brothers, there is one more magnifying glass which we live under. Do you know who else is watching us as children of God? That would be, God himself! He is watching our every word that comes out of our mouths, even when there is no one around. Our every action and reaction as we go through each day. What we do and say when someone is unkind to us, and when someone cuts us off in traffic as we go about our daily activity.
But, it goes far beyond his seeing what we do, and hearing what we say, because he also knows the thoughts of our heart, and mind. We are in control of what is actually said or done, but God knows what we thought about the act of someone who offended us in some way.
We will all fall short under God's magnifying glass. But, we can and should repent of that thought or action, and accept his forgiveness. This previous statement is key. I will repeat it here. We can and should repent of that thought or action, and accept his forgiveness! We are told that Jesus died for our sins. That he now sits at the right hand of God the Father and makes intercessions for us unto God the Father.
Brothers, this is what separates us from the lost of this world. We are forgiven, and we know when we do wrong. The Holy Spirit tells us immediately when what we did or said was not in the will of God for us. After we confess that we have sinned, then know that we have His forgiveness. Do not let the devil place you under condemnation for your falling down. He will try. Just say to him that he is a liar, and the father of all lies, and that Jesus died for us and we have total, and complete forgiveness. Praise God!
If we as Christians can walk through this life in tune with what God expects of us and when we fall short, we will repent, then you can be sure that God will be pleased with our walk. His word tells us that we forgive those who transgress against us, and he will forgive us our transgressions. By this we are divided from the lost of this world. However, we are to be ministers unto them by example.
MATTHEW CHAPTER 3
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; ( If we can learn to love our enemies no matter what they do to us, to bless those that curse us, to do good to those that hate us, and pray every day for those who despitefully use us and persecute us. Then we are living as Christ lived and are pleasing to God ).
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. (God makes the sun to shine on both the saved and the lost of this world. He sends rain on both the saved and lost).
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? (Do not even those of the world do the same thing. For they love those who love them).
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? (Again, the world respects those who respect them. What are we doing differently that the world does if we do this).
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (We are to try each day to be perfect. When we fall short, and we will, then we get up and dust our selves off ask God to forgive us and keep walking Christ like. This is all that God expects of us, to try every day to be as Christ was when he was a mere man upon this earth. He was the only man who ever was perfect in his walk on this earth and he is the only one who ever will be. When you fall down, get up, confess your falling, and KEEP WALKING)!