Summary: This is the 4th sermon in the series "Don't Be Discouraged". Christians, people are watching us. Do they see you or Jesus?
Series: Don’t Be Discouraged [#4]
THEY ARE WATCHING
I have said many times that this generation of youth and children are difficult to deal with. It is discouraging to see how they behave and is more discouraging to realize that they have learned this behavior from adults. So what do we do? Peter gives us some guidance on how to live when everyone around us seems to be living for the Devil.
1 Peter 2:12 (NIV)
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.”
You should underline, “Live such good lives”. Instead of us being so frustrated about how others are living, we should focus on how we live. If people watch your life and follow it, how will they end up? If you are a Christian, then you need to understand that people are watching you. If they know that you are a Christian, then you are a representative of Jesus. How can you best represent Jesus with your life?
1 Peter 2:11 (NIV)
“Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.”
I represent Jesus best by…
1. Staying away from temptation.
Now, I need to be very clear about something- We are all tempted, so I’m not saying that you can always avoid being tempted. What I am saying is, “When you are tempted, you need to move on”. You need to “abstain from sinful desires”. You don’t have a choice if you’re tempted; but you do have a choice if you are going to fall to the temptation or not.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.”
God provides you a way out of temptation. The real question is, “Do you want out”? Just remember, as you are being tempted there are people watching you to see how you decide.
1 Peter 2:16 (NIV)
“Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God.”
Through Jesus Christ, we are free. We need to live our lives before others in a way so that they can see Jesus. When we lift Jesus up to them, they will be drawn to Jesus. They too can be free through Jesus.
1 Peter 2:13-14 (NIV)
“Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right.”
I represent Jesus best by…
2. Showing respect for authority.
We are supposed to follow the laws of the land and submit ourselves to those who are in authority. By following the laws of the land and respecting those who are in authority we honor God. I heard a man say one time that the last part of him that God saved was his right foot, (because he had a problem with speeding).