Colossians 4:5, Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time.
Years ago, Mahatma Gandhi, the great leader who helped India secure its independence from Britain, was asked why he never became a Christian even though he expressed great admiration for Christ. He responded, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
As a Pastor, those are still hard words to hear, but the truth is, Gandhi never really saw Christ as the Christ presented in the Bible. Gandhi only really saw Jesus as a non-violent social reformer which falls short of who Christ really is. However, if we take Gandhi’s words more seriously, we have to look at our actions as Christians. The Bible NEVER says that Christians are perfect. It’s actually, entirely the opposite. We are not perfect and should never pretend to be perfect. James, the brother of Jesus, encouraged us to, “…confess your sins to one another…” (James 5:16). In other words, Christians are not perfect; we are simply forgiven.
So if you slip up today, be quick to confess. By confessing, we will be living and making the most of every opportunity.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D