1 Peter 2:12 – having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.
Christians were falsely accused of great crimes in the early church. But over time, it was clear that Christians were not immoral people, and it was shown by their lives. The striking fact of history is that by their lives the Christians actually did defeat the slanders of the Gentiles. The word Gentiles is a synonym for unsaved people. The unsaved are watching your conduct, possibly speaking against your actions and looking for any excuse to reject the Gospel. But you must remember that God is allowing you to plant seeds in their minds that He will use to lead them to Himself. Be certain of this fact, the world is not rejecting you, they are rejecting the Lord Jesus Christ and what He lovingly did for them upon the Calvary cross. Almost inevitably we will be criticized. Such criticism cannot be avoided. But under no circumstances should believers give the world a valid reason for reproach. All slanders should be refuted by an unbroken record of good deeds. Godly living, makes your conduct honorable among those who don’t know God yet. Though we can expect that they will speak against you as evildoers, they can still be brought to glorify God by seeing our godly conduct.
Many times, when you do something good in this life, it seems as though no one takes notice. You may be tempted to wonder why you are living the Christian life and if you are making a difference in the world. But God always takes notice, and He will use your every effort in serving Him, in accomplishing His perfect will to touch the life of the lost. Never give up, and stay the course, because someones life may depend upon it. Your challenge for this week, is to do something good for someone simply because it is the godly thing to do. Find unique ways to do the unexpected, and maybe even the undeserving, for others. Remember just how much God has done for you that you didn’t deserve. This week, consider bringing your boss their favorite latte drink, or send your coworker a word of encouragement, or ask a family member how you can be praying for them. Finding special ways to be extra nice toward others will be an amazing blessing to the Lord and to yourself. The little things that you can do, can bring such great potential in turning someone towards the Lord. To Him be all the glory and praise. God bless you today.