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A Higher Standard

There are many career paths that require employees be held to a “higher moral standard” than the average citizen. Teachers, preachers and doctors are a few groups that society has high expectations for moral, honest actions and beliefs. These people are an integral part of their communities, and their actions are seen (and talked about) by many. Part of choosing these careers is choosing to live a life under the microscope of the public eye.

Christians are also a group of people being watched by others. Our actions and words are often monitored, analyzed and discussed by society. By identifying ourselves as Christ followers, we are choosing to make the statement that we will follow closely to the standards set by our faith. When we don’t, people notice!

Philippians 1:27 says, “Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” It is our responsibility to conduct ourselves, both in private and public, in a manner worthy of the Gospel. What a weighty responsibility! Jesus died for our salvation, and we are called to live our life day by day in a way that shows we truly understand the sacrifice that was made for us.

Our actions and words are a representation of Jesus Christ. Any person we come in contact with any day can base his or her view of Christianity on how we reflect Jesus to them. Choosing to follow Jesus is choosing to do our best every day to imitate His love for those around us. We are held to a higher standard - the standard Jesus set for us!

Reflect:

  • What does it mean to conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel?
  • How do your words and actions reflect Jesus to those around you?

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