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GRANDPA SAYS --- “THINK ON THESE THINGS” by John Gray
“You can’t go through life without influencing those around you. If your influence defines you - does it testify that you are a child of God? Does it say you leave folks better than you found them?”
“BIBLE HISTORY IS FULL OF EXAMPLES OF MAN'S TENDENCY TO GET OFF COURSE AND WALK IN A MANNER CONTRARY TO GOD’S WILL. ‘SHAZAM!’ - AS GOMER PYLE WOULD SAY - WE ARE STILL DOING IT.”
We all are guilty of getting sidetracked and unable to keep the main things - the main things, and as a consequence, unable to walk in a manner pleasing to God. Folks, a sincere commitment (to godly living) will cause Christians to live differently from the world.
In Ecclesiastes 3, Solomon lists a series of activities, showing that there is a time for everything under heaven. However, is there ever a time when we should not be holy? Can we at times throw "caution to the wind" and behave anyway we desire? Are we allowed to "let our hair down" without restraint? Is it allowable to forget or ignore our duties and responsibilities to God? Can we occasionally take a vacation from our labors to become holy? No! --- “[B]ut like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living;” (1Pe 1:15).
Folks, there is no time when a person should be unconcerned about seeking holiness. There is no time when an individual (who strives to imitate the outstanding examples in God's Word) will put their self-control on-hold and stop seeking to put to death the fleshly desires that tempt them so strongly and frequently. Jesus warns that we are not to allow ourselves to become weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the cares of this life (Luke 21:34). The apostle Paul says in I Corinthians 9:27 --- "But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."
The person seeking holiness measures the value of everything in the light of whether it will draw them closer to God and to the image of Christ and whether or not it will make a positive and glorifying witness of God to the world.
Never forget, what you embrace defines you and sends messages that influence all who observe your conduct. Do not be deceived - your words and deeds speak from who and what you “Really” are.