Your legacy matters. The life you live either represents God or it does not. There’s no in between. So how do we live as a Christian in our modern culture?
That’s a great question. How can we live a life worthy of the calling?
1. Well, I think we have to be people focused. Our culture loves to “act” loving towards people, but we should carry out the mission. Truly love people, regardless of social status or background. Sometimes, people don’t deserve love. We should love them anyways. That also means addressing wrong. Tolerance is not love if we know a particular action or belief will ultimately hurt. Wrong addressed in loving ways.
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”
2. We must fully be devoted to God. We live in a culture confused about morality. If we listen to the world, we will be just as lost. Our standards must come from Scripture. Stand on God’s Word alone.
3. What about the things not addressed clearly in Scripture? Well, first, check to make sure your particular concern is truly not addressed. Next, study the Bible. Ask yourself, is this honoring to God? Does it show a lack of self-control or other spiritual fruit? If I were not a Christian, would I guess someone involved in this issue is saved? Don’t see how far it is okay to take things; rather, see how close to God you can draw.
Love God. Love people. Sometimes loving people is hard. They will betray you. God understands this best, for we’ve betrayed Him. His love, however, remains steadfast. May our love towards Him and towards others increase. May our love always seek to reflect the one who loved best.