By Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski
“I am not going to lie in Church.” Have you ever heard someone make this statement before? It is funny how some people behave one way in Church and then act different somewhere else. Maybe they believe God has a different set of standards for people on Sunday than the rest of the week. During service, it seems that everyone is close to God. Everyone appears to know the Good Book well. Folks are praying, singing, and even giving the preacher a grand amen! Then, you would not even recognize some of them on any other day. They act the complete opposite and turn off so many people. What is worse, they give others the wrong idea about God. Maybe some folks need to learn more about the Lord’s plan.
In Galatians 5:22-23, God shares important expectations for his people: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” According to the Bible, this is what a Christian should look like. Notice that this is not limited to Sunday mornings only. God gave us scripture not just to inspire but to transform us. It should be the anchor of our souls and the lamp that lights the pathway of our lives. People should not just be loving and Christ-like in Church, but every day of the week. It is true that no one is perfect and we all fall short. However, we should not drop God’s standards as soon as the Pastor dismisses us from service.
Another scripture reveals that people are known by their fruits. Wouldn’t it be great if the public knew you were a Christian without you saying a word? They could tell by your character, how you treat others, and how you stand in tough times. If you are not there yet, God can help you develop these qualities. It comes from spending time with him in prayer and applying his word to your life. Invite more of the Holy Spirit and ask God to help you display the fruit mentioned in Galatians. This will allow you to stand out from the world and show that you are God’s child. Even more importantly, it will help reveal who Jesus is to others. Allow him to walk with you everywhere you go and not just in the sanctuary. This will impact your community in a phenomenal way.
(Ralph & Elizabeth Pyszkowski, Your Brother & Sister In Christ. All comments are welcomed at [email protected])