As I read Psalm 69:6 this morning I was reminded of how my life effects the lives of other followers of Jesus. It is so easy for me to lose sight of this fact. I am grateful for this reminder as I begin my day today.
I oftentimes hear people say, “Why should you care what I do? I’m not hurting anyone else.” Others say, “It is none of your business what I do. This is my life.” David’s prayer challenges that kind of thinking. The way I live my life can be an encouragement to Jesus’ followers or it can bring shame and disgrace to the followers of Jesus as unbelievers judge them for my ungodly behavior.
How many times has a follower of Jesus done something or said something that Jesus would never do and the immediate reaction of an unbelieving world follows: “See I told you that Christians are hypocrites!” How many times have the questions and skepticism of unbelievers been solidified and confirmed by the ungodly actions of professed followers of Jesus? How many times have my own words, actions, or lack of action brought shame and disgrace on other genuine followers of Jesus? I can think of some of those times, but I shudder to think of times that I’ve done this and not even been aware of it.
I want the words that come out of my mouth to reflect the heart of God. I want my actions to reflect the passion and compassion of my Savior. I don’t want to mindlessly or carelessly make my way through today and miss opportunities that God will bring my way. I don’t want to give an unbelieving, skeptical world any opportunity to look upon other followers of Jesus with doubt.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would keep me mindful of the fact that others are watching and listening to me. Let my words, thoughts, and actions never bring disgrace and shame upon Your people.