Written by: Branon Dempsey at www.worshipteamtraining.com
A lot can be said in 48 hours. It’s no surprise that much of our time is spent on Facebook, Twitter, and our devices/phones. We follow friends, trends and links, but how is our following of Jesus?
As leaders living in the blur of the virtual world and the real world, we have both a responsibility and accountability with what we model.
More than what we realize, our actions make a larger impression than our words. Are you living the kind of life that others would like to follow?
Hebrews 13.7 encourages us to: “Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.”
Think about the good leaders in your life who made a significant impact. Was their faith worth imitating? What about you as a worship leader, musician, singer and Christian, is the kind of life you live worth imitating?
A great friend and mentor challenged this thought: “In a given 48 hour period, what does your life look like to God? This includes every thought, every word, every keystroke and every action. Would this be the kind of life that others would imitate?”
Would they share it with others? Would they take it for themselves or would they want to give it back?
We are told to continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that confess His name #Heb13.15.
If fruit is to be upon our lips, then our mouths are to be filled with praise. If praise is to be in our mouths, it would come from a well-spring from our hearts, produced by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus said in Matt 15.8: “But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.” So our hearts are in need to be filled with Jesus, so our lips produce what is good and right.
Our influence is not just from words we say, but how we act and live.
It’s easy to hide behind the screens from our devices, but God knows our hearts. He desires us to see our reflection in Christ. Rather than turning away by what we see, God tells us to turn to Him.
Psalm 50.15 says: “and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
We have every right and fellowship to call on God for His healing. He takes our weaknesses and makes us strong, he heals our wounds and forgives our sins. This is the kind of victory God will use to glorify Himself and draw other people to Himself.
So How? Do we live a life worth imitating?
Proverbs 3.5-7 gives us a great outline for learning to live a life that honors Him by our words and actions.
5Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.a
7Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord and shun evil.
When we learn to recognize the ways of God they compel us to make a decision. Either we choose what is wise or foolish. Based on our good decisions, we find opportunity to trust and to lean on His wisdom.
He always makes our paths straight, as we trust in His lead. Even when the road is tough or we can’t see the end, he holds all things together.
As we walk, being wise in His eyes, others will notice the power of God working through the heart. Our walk is not perfect, but our paths in Christ will draw the attention back to God.
As Christ’s ambassadors and leaders who live in a watching world, our behaviors and what we model matters in communicating the Gospel, showing esteem for others, forgiving one another and demonstrating mercy.
Whether we speak from our social streams, in our neighborhoods or from the platform, may our words be fruitful, stemming from authentic, Christ-honoring lives – worth imitating.
Reflection: Monitor your life for the next 48 hours. What’s the one area people would imitate? What area needs changing, restoring, repenting, so that you may live a life worthy of the calling God has for you? At the end of those 48 hours, how do you see yourself through the eyes of Christ and to ask Him to make those graceful changes?
Originally published by Branon Dempsey at www.worshipteamtraining.com – Republished with permission.