“These things I write to you, though I hope to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”
I Timothy 3:14-16 NKJV
We are being watched. I am one of those people who likes to sink into the background, invisible, not noticed. If you have ever met me, you know that can’t happen. I strive to represent my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, day after day. I am an ambassador, an envoy, and I must show the love of Christ even when it is hard. It is important in the world where I live and in the church I attend.
In the passage I read in I Timothy, I am reminded of my role as a christian, and my role as a leader in my local church. I need to conduct myself above reproach. Above all, I need to conduct myself as one saved by the Gospel, as one transformed by the “mystery of godliness”: That Jesus is God in human flesh, justified by the Holy Spirit, seen by angels, preached to the gentiles, believed throughout the world and received in glory. He even split time.
We are to behave as if we know that we serve real Savior, because we do. In that reality, there is power, in that power, there is transformation. We are new people, old things have passed away. Our faith makes us spectacle before the lost, as we increasingly stand out against the background of sin and death that is overwhelming the world we live in.
Believers, the spotlight is on us. Evil has become the status quo, and good is the outlier, the rarity. I have found that simple kindness, or even common courtesy has become so rare, that when it is demonstrated, it gains much attention. We must endeavor to meet evil with good.
“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”
Romans 12:21 NKJV
It is time to go out and tell of the transforming power of God in our lives. We are trophies of God’s grace and have a story to tell. We demonstrate that God is real, that there is true hope of forgiveness, and through Jesus, life can be made new.
As we go through this world, we must remember that we are the living Gospel. Our world is screaming out for change, and we know that real change comes only through salvation in Jesus. As people are transformed, the world they live in is also changed. It all begins at the foot of the cross, as we ask for our sins to be forgiven.
Calling all sinners
To come to this place
This mountain of mercy
This fountain of grace
Fall on His kindness
Come without cost
Calling all sinners
To come to the cross