Some non-Christians may look down on your faith,
ridicule or humiliate you.
For Christ’s sake show them you love them anyway.
Fellow Christians can be arrogant, dogmatic and hurtful.
For Christ’s sake don’t become bitter.
Christ has not finished with them yet.
Practice what is clearly stated in Scripture,
and some will accuse you of being old fashioned,
unrealistic or narrow minded.
For Christ’s sake live the truth out in an attractive way.
Stand against the strong currents of sectarianism and legalism,
and insiders will accuse you of being liberal,
of lacking conviction or of association with evil.
For Christ’s sake speak up against manipulative
and oppressive systems.
Defend your fellow brother from unfair or untrue accusations,
and you risk being labeled as divisive, independent
or a lover of man more than of God.
For Christ’s sake be faithful and
stand up for what is true.
If you sense God’s call to serve in some new way,
some will say you are worldly,
or provocative or that you are abandoning the “old and tested paths.”
For Christ’s sake be careful but make sure you follow His leading.
If you serve the Lord with all you’ve got, some will call you fanatic,
irresponsible, or will cast doubt on your motives.
For Christ’s sake serve Him passionately anyway. He is worth it.
Life is empty if we live to please self.
Life is crazy if we live to please the world.
Life is depressing if we live to please fellow Christians.
For Christ’s sake let us break free from the cobweb
of conflicting human expectations.
Like the great men of God in times past, let us purify our hearts
and strengthen our resolve to follow His leading
wherever He may take us, and at whatever price.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God?
Or am I trying to please men?
If I were still trying to please men,
I would not be a servant of Christ”
(Galatians 1:10 NIV).
“We are not trying to please men but God,
who tests our hearts” (1 Thessalonians 2:4).
For Christ’s sake
let’s live what is left of this short life to please Him.
Let us be in reality His servants in our generation.
by Philip Nunn
With permission to publish by: Sam Hadley, Grace & Truth, 210 Chestnut St., Danville, IL., USA.