1 Thessalonians 4; Isaiah 20-22; Psalm 115
Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame. That phrase is attribute to Andy Warhol who talked about people being in the limelight for a short-lived time. Maybe the internet has made that possible. You can now post something that goes viral and your hashtag trends on Twitter for 15 minutes or so, and then, you sink back into the oblivion of daily life.
Followers of Christ are not to be known for their fame, whether it be 15 minutes or 15 years’ worth. The strength of Christianity is found in those people who quietly live their lives each day for Christ, influencing their neighbors and letting others know of the amazing power of grace and mercy. “Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” (1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12)
We like to argue about our faith in the world. When we become militant about the perks of our faith, though, do we win the respect of outsiders or do we draw lines that separate us from other people? Are we called to win arguments about faith? Or are we called to win people to faith in Christ? I tend to be argumentative and always want to win the debates I’m involved in. If I get too heated in the discussion, whether I win or lose the argument, I end up losing in my faith responsibility to show others God’s mercy and grace.
Our call in life is to give people opportunities to come to Christ. Our lives should reveal that joy in Christ so that others, outsiders to the faith, will respect our lives and examine the claims of Christ. I know that I need to remember this before I engage in discussions on the net. I imagine most of us do.
Lord, help me to focus on living each day for You. Help me not to think more of myself than I should; rather, let me live each day in a way that causes people to seek You.