Being An Example of Christianity
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good work: in doctrine, showing uncorruptness (integrity), gravity (reverence), sincerity (incorruptibility), sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of (an opponent) the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you – Titus 2:7-8
Salvation has appeared to all men, and it is based on God’s grace that has provided salvation universally for all mankind through the unlimited atonement of Christ. Salvation is different from sanctification, but they go hand in hand. Jesus gives salvation, but sanctification comes through individual submission to the word of God.
God wanted His people to be holy meaning they are set apart from the unbeliever; they are different and unique. We have two options, either to be separate and holy or to compromise with unbelievers and their actions. This is why God called the children of Israel out of Egypt and set them apart as a unique nation. They were dedicated to worshiping Him alone and leading moral lives. This is why He designed laws and restrictions to help His people to remain separate both socially and spiritually.
The Israelites were to remain spiritually separated from the world’s wickedness. Although we live in a society that has forsaken God, as a spiritual Jew, we’re to maintain our lifestyle by the written word of God. Israel was the people of God, that’s why they were called the Israelites; and those who are professing to be Christians, are the spiritual Israelites. (Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you -2nd Corinthians 6:17). Separation from the world involves more than keeping our distance from practicing sinners, it means staying close to God. It involves more than avoiding entertainment that leads to sin, it extends into how we spend our time and money.
There is no way to separate ourselves totally from all sinful influences, nevertheless, we are to resist the sin around us, and not give up and give in. Jesus died so that our sins would be forgiven, but He didn’t die so that we could remain in our sinful state. Through His death, burial and resurrection and our acceptance of the Holy Spirit, we are given the power to overcome any sinful influences. Sad to say, many attending church have a form of godliness, but they deny the power that has been given through acceptance of holiness (Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away – 2nd Timothy 3:5). If we could live the way we were before our acceptance of salvation, what was the purpose of Jesus denying for our sins?
When we profess to be Christians and we do the same things we were doing from an unbeliever’s lifestyle, the only thing we’re doing now is attending church. Our profession and lifestyle will confuse them of what Christianity is about. We must be an example of what we hear when we attend church and carry it to our jobs, schools, homes, place of business (But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves – James 1:22).
The Bible is the written word of God, and it’s the instruction booklet for those who are professing to be Christians. If we don’t read it, we can’t comply it, but when we stand before the Lord we will have no excuse because the instruction book was here for us to read and apply it to our life. He’s holding us responsible for what we hear, read and do!