Living above reproach……2nd Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
This topic is VERY important to me because its SO easy to get pulled into mediocrity, or the status quo christianity in america, and not have any standards to live like christ.
So what does living above reproach mean? Living above reproach means to strive to live a holy and righteous life for God to live blamelessly, to go above and beyond the standard that is set in the world for whats “good” and whats “moral”.
As witnesses for Christ it is extremely important that we carry his name with care. If we proclaim that christ lives inside of us we cant go around carrying on in activities, language, actions and attitudes that we know does not refelect Gods heart and his character. We are Gods children, we represent him in everything we do and say. Lets step it up! Let’s be the GREAT examples he’s called us to be!
You cant try to be in the world (devoted to its worldview and mindset and living according to its standards) and serve God at the same time you have to choose who you will serve. Matthew 6:24 says “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” In this case Im not referring to money even though the scripture does use that as an example. Anything can become your God..the LOVE of money, relationships, a career, pornography, Fornication (sex outside of marriage) lustful desires, coveting, lying, the list goes on..
When others look at your life do they see christ? Is your faith contagious? Do people know and believe that Christ is Lord from the way you live your daily lilfe and what you allow and dont allow? Or is your life self-centered and self pleasing? All about you and your wants and your desires?
Scripture says in Romans 14:16 “Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil” Meaning that we should live our lives in such a way that we wont even get involved in things that are questionable because we dont want our good intentions to be perceived incorrectly and be spoken of as negative or evil. Now you may say..”I dont care what people think im going to DO ME, God knows my heart, I can’t please everyone” Thats partially true with the fact that God does know our hearts and this is what he says about our hearts in Jeremiah 17:9-10 ”The heart is deceitful above all things,and desperately sick;who can understand it?“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind,to give every man according to his ways,according to the fruit of his deeds.” it is also true that you can’t please everyone, but we are to live for others, not for their opinions and for what they think of us personally but we are to live for others for the sake of showing christ through our lives and not allowing any of our actions to become a stumbling block for them or for our actions to cause them to get the wrong view of Jesus Christ. 1st Corinthians 10:23-24 says “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible”—but not everything is constructive. Nobody should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
Now dont get me wrong, I am definitely not writing this from a place of perfection, thats impossible no one is perfect but jesus christ, but as I strive towards perfection in christ, and allow him to RENEW my mind, and sanctify my motives and actions, I want to have the mentality everyday to raise the standard, not in a legalistic condescending way but in a loving, graceful way that shows the heart of christ in my actions and my speech. 2nd Corinthians 7:1 “Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”
I dont want to live lukewarm, halfway on fire for God or living for God in certain areas but not others, I dont want to give God half of me, but ALL of me EVERYDAY! I dont want to be the one trying to find loopholes in everything just so I can please my desires and justify what I want to do or say and stamp jesus on it. Thats not who I was created to be! I was created to STANDOUT for God to be a vessel to Proclaim his name no matter where I am or where I go, Im supposed to carry his name. Theres nothing like the love of Christ, and living for him brings SO much peace and joy!! satan is such a DECEIVER and all he does is make the pleasures of this world look so inticing because he wants us to take our eyes off of God and place them on our selfish nature. Satan wants us to lower our standards and say we believe in God and that we are christians so that no one will have a desire to know God truly for who he is. Satan wants people to continue to attend church and have no lordship or true repentance. You may ask, well what about our freedom in christ? Yes we have freedom in Christ but we should not use that freedom to indulge in all kinds of behaviors we know God doesnt approve of, or have standards that we know do not please God. Galatians 5:13 “you my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature.”
Ignorance is NOT bliss, KNOW Gods character, KNOW who he is, Raise the standard, LIVE ABOVE REPROACH! :-)
I challenge everyone whose reading this to do a self-examination and pray and ask God which areas of your life arent fully under his lordship, what areas do you need to raise the standard in?