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What could be more positive than seeing others led to Christ?
By Scott Hilgendorff/Cowboys of the Cross
Peter was a fisherman. The day Jesus found him and called him to be a follower would have been like any other day. Peter had a job to do, a routine he followed and he was in the middle of casting out nets when an encounter with Jesus changed his life forever.
When we become Christians and see Jesus as Lord of our life, then our life changes. For some, you hear stories of complete transformations from being a pothead to clean living or a thief to making right by everyone. For many, it is a slower transformation into someone who, more and more each day becomes more like Christ. In Biblical terms, the process is called sanctification as we become more and more like Christ. For all of us, it means learning to let God be the main influence in our lives, learning to hear from Him through the Bible as we build a relationship with Him through prayer and making Him as much a part of our thoughts as anything else.
Because of this, we have to be careful about what we let influence our lives and we have to strive to keep God as the priority above everything else we do from rodeo and bull riding to raising a family or our jobs. We have to look at the sources of our influence and ask if it came from a godly source (someone else trying to follow Christ) or if it is a man-
1 Peter 4:11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
When we seek Christ or Bible-
1 Corinthians 10: 31-
In 1 Corinthians, Paul is telling the church that everything we do should point to God, which can prevent others from sinning and, even better, see that they too receive the saving grace found in seeking Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Peter's life was turned upside down by following Jesus. He went from being a fisherman to being used by God to establish the foundation of the church as we have it today. Peter had the chance to learn from Jesus first-
What you might feel negative about:
Letting go of our own desires and worldly teaching and the difficulty in figuring out how to glorify God in literally everything we do.
The new ‘positives’ to take away:
When we put God first and bring Him glory, we find a new positivity to pursue–one that sees others saved through the example we set.