July 30, 2007

When the Obstacle Is Me

Matthew 5:13-16

"Let your light shine ... that [others] may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:16


As we near the end of this month of looking at our relationship with God, there's one more aspect to consider. At times, faith and religious practice can become mainly about personal preferences; when that happens, we become unbiblically self-centered.

Let's note again the words of Isaiah 59:2: "Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear." Our sin separates us from God.

There's another kind of separation to be concerned about too. It's possible that my sins may separate others from God, that somehow my actions may hide God's face from them. God's Word tells us often that our behavior can deeply influence others and their relationship with God. That makes reflecting on the cleanness of our spiritual "life blood" especially important.

Our Scripture for today gives this a positive spin. Though our sin does affect other people, so does our godly living. When we honestly admit our sin, ask for forgiveness, and move on to live a life that helps bring goodness into the world, people will see a realistic Christianity. They will see a God "of the people" and "for the people." And they will know that Jesus is for those who are sincerely looking for God.

What light will people see in my life and yours today?

Dear God, I know my behavior and integrity can make a difference in how someone else sees you. Help me through my life to point others to you. In Jesus' name, Amen.

About the author — Henry Kranenburg

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