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Part 5

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-centered resource like Psychocybernetics or The Secret. We can test sources against the Bible and ask ourselves if this idea or way of handling a situation or circumstance is Christ-centered or man-centered.

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-centered influences in our lives, then it's God's influence that runs through everything else we do. Then, everything we do can glorify God.

1 Corinthians 10: 31-33 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—33even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

 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-hand but we have the Old and New Testament, including Peter's teachings as well. If we follow Biblical teachings and let our lives be influenced by God, our lives can be turned upside down as well and everything we do can bring God glory. There can be nothing more positive in our lives than that.

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.