Saturday, December 10th, 2011
Set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.
1 Timothy 4:12 (NIV)
In all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds.
Titus 2:7 (NAS)
We hosted an office Christmas party for our Atlanta team! Many people came, and everybody was decked out in cool clothes and warm smiles. Did I mention that AMTC embraces a 'no soft drink/junk food' policy? In making the welcome rounds, I noticed several team members drinking sodas. The pop made a hasty exit.
Should such unusual rules apply to an off-premises party?
'What's the big deal with an occasional indulgence?' 'It's such a small sin, if it's a sin at all.' 'Everybody does it!'
Thank God He forgives our sins large and small, but big consequences grow from small sins, like obesity, disease, addictions, and broken homes, bodies, and hearts. All from a soda can? Ha! It's one sin among many. The road to Heaven or hell is taken one step at a time.
As Christ followers, we are promised Heaven. But, who will we help along the way? Are we growing our gifts, multiplying our talents, winning friends, and influencing people for God?
Which brings us back to the role model behavior God requests of us. Believers are peculiar people who walk a narrow path to life. We attract others to join us by setting the right example in word and action--especially when we think no one is watching or it might not matter.
The Bible takes setting the right example a step further, when we are told to 'abstain from all appearance of evil' (1 Thessalonians 5:22).
We're not supposed to 'look like' we're doing something wrong, even if we aren't. God gives great attention to the details of everyday life. We follow Him. Therefore, actors, models, and talent for Christ should strive to be role models and positive examples in every way possible.
How we act off camera is the most important role of all.