Have you ever observed a child doing something that proves his or her brain is not fully developed? In shock, you may have asked, “What were you thinking?!” Likely you were not surprised when he or she replied, “I wasn’t.”
OK, let’s be honest; when is the last time someone asked you that same question as an adult? I must confess that there are times as a man when my brain malfunctions and my wife asks me this painful question, too.
Now that my daily confession has been made, let’s get to the point of the matter.
It is clear when a person’s actions seem to be out of line with what is wise. It is also quite evident when an individual’s actions are inconsistent with his or her professed values and beliefs. This is why I am impressed by the testimony of Paul, which he states in Acts 23:1. It reads: “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.”
A pan back over the life and legacy of Paul will reveal a man who was patient in affliction, faithful in the face of opposition, obedient to the appointment of God on his life, and redeemed from a past he was not proud of. His life had been forever changed when he encountered Jesus, and since that time, he was consistent in his conduct. His actions were in line with his faith.
You and I can learn a great deal from Paul. Regardless of our mistakes from yesterday, we can live as redeemed and forgiven children of God. While we may not be perfect, we can strive for godliness. In that pursuit of holiness, we can exhibit outward expressions that align with an inward conviction that submits all of our life and actions to the authority of Christ.
Spend some time today in reflection, and consider that your actions are telling others about God and who He is in your life. It may be that time of confession needs to be had, but walk today with a commitment to act in a way that proclaims the hope of the Gospel to the world and points others to Jesus.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Ac 23). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
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1 Chung-Kim, E., Hains, T. R., George, T., Manetsch, S. M., & Ellis, B. (Eds.). (2014). Acts: New Testament (Vol. VI, pp. 315–316). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic.