Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. For each will have to bear his own load. Galatians 6:1-5
As a parent, I often talk with my boys about their personal brand and how they show up in the world. We should be striving to be Christ-like, even when it is hard. We are reminded that we cannot control others’ hearts, minds or behavior, but we can stay above the fray.
At the end of the day, God has called us to a higher level of accountability because we profess to be Christians. We are His Brand Ambassadors and our goal is to be credible messengers. This means that we should not engage in mess, gossip, deceit, wickedness.
I pray that I am being a good role model.
Check, Check, Double Check
I carry a mirror around all the time, and I use it as a reminder to check my motivations. I don’t need to check my appearance all day, but I do need to check in with my Spirit. For my Spirit should drive my motivation. Improper motivation may well be about worshipping myself or seeking the approval of others. Evidence of my motivation shows up in the types of relationships, deeds and conversations I engage in with others.
I caution myself and boys to avoid adopting a “holier than thou” attitude, yet we know God expects more of us because we carry His brand. Our words and deeds should be controlled by His love and motivated by His glory and name.
Action Speaks Louder Than Words
In addition to our words, we must also make sure our actions reflect our relationship with God. Otherwise, if the two don’t line up, it’s hard to be a convincing Brand Ambassador. It would be like that saying, “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
To make sure our actions are aligned with our words and beliefs, we should:
- Confess sin and ask for God’s grace and mercy daily.
- Respect those who are authorities in our lives as if we are respecting God because He put them there.
- Act from the heart and with good will. This means that we must have pure motives, which is only possible if Christ is ruling our hearts, giving us the desire of the Lord.
- Truly surrender, sacrifice, and take up our crosses daily. It is one thing to clock in and clock out, putting in our time, and it is another thing altogether to rejoice always and never complain, seeking God’s glory all the while.
- Sincerely apologize when we do harm to others and do not repeat the behavior or action.
Question for you…How do you stay above the fray of temptation and other un-Christianlike behaviors? What have you found to keep you personally accountable?