1 Thessalonians 4:12 (NIV)
12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
When others look at your life, what do they see? Does your daily life win the respect of others? As believers, we are Christ’s representatives here on the earth. We are called to a higher standard than those who do not believe. The way we live our lives should bring glory to God the Father. How we live our lives will either give people positive thoughts about God and draw them towards God or will give people negative thoughts about God and push people away from God. Sometimes we influence others and do not even know we are doing it.
Notice that this verse doesn’t say, “Go out of your way to do something major so that everyone will respect you.” It doesn’t say, “Win a gold medal or Pulitzer prize so that people will glorify Me in heaven.” No, it says that your daily life should win the respect of others. That simply means to always take the high road and live a life of excellence. It means doing the right thing even when no one is looking. It means finding common ground with people in order to be a peacemaker. It means going and living your life with an attitude of faith.
We have an amazing opportunity to bring people into a relationship with God by them seeing how we live our lives. We can play a role in that person going to heaven and having eternal life or going to hell and having eternal death. We don’t really have a full grasp of the power of influence we have over people watching us who we do not even know is watching us.
As you strive to live a life worthy of the life God has intended for you, remember, you will become like whomever you spend the most time with. If you are committed to spending time with God each day through reading your Bible and praying, you will start to develop His character. If you hang out with people who do not live a life of great quality, the quality of your own life will suffer. The opposite is true as well. If you hang out with people who have a very high quality of life, it will help you improve the quality of your own life. When you live a life filled with the Spirit of God, you’ll win the respect of others around you and will bring glory to God at the same time.
Let’s all challenge ourselves to do the things we need to do to live a life that is worthy of our great God.