As part of extending the weekend sermon to personal application, our cell leader shared the following with us in the whatsapp group, which was a good reinforcement for me and a very useful reminder too.
“This weekend Ps Tai Tong shared a powerful message about dignified living and we’re challenged to grow in godliness, glorify and glow for God and His chosen citizens."
As we reflect on this, the Holy Spirit just reminded me that it is really important to live our lives with integrity with Christ and in congruence with His character…
[He then shared 2 areas of application within the home – as a husband, and as a son.]
1 Peter 2:12 NIV – Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
As we are fired up for God to use us in transformation in ministry and marketplace, may God change the core of who we are to be more like Him, so that we see transformation in our own lives and families.”
Indeed, it is so easy to be externally ‘good’ and productive. In fact, many of us thrive on that as being good in ministry and the marketplace brings tangible rewards – more money, the favour of man, good influence, improvement to society. Yes, all of these things are good.
But in the midst of it all, the issue really is whether our lives are being lived with integrity – what does integrity mean? The meaning can also be derived from ‘integrated’ – is our life ‘integrated’? Are we the same everywhere we go, in both the public and private sphere?
And unfortunately, the private sphere is where all that we do receives little recognition, little praise and rarely any award. Doing good in the private sphere cannot be motivated by reward or human recognition.
And if we look even more deeply beyond just loving people at home to this core of our being that my leader spoke about – this brings even less tangible rewards. This deals with the feelings inside of us, our own thoughts – we may do good towards others, whether publicly or at home – but what are our thoughts like? How do we respond to others? Do we have a sense of superiority or judgment? Do we do things expecting reward? Do we do it out of a genuine sense of love, or bear grudges and discontent in our heart?
It gets harder and harder as we go deeper, but ultimately, this is what God wants for us – to not only impact the world around us, but to become more and more transformed into His image, with our characters moulded become more like Jesus.