Ephesians 4: 22-24
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it’s deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness”
Consistent. It’s one of the most difficult things to be. Whether it’s how you behave at work or how you behave at home. If someone at work could see you at home would they say ‘Yes, I recognize that person”? Not your face but how you are as a person, your character and personality. If your close friends or family could see you at work would they notice any difference in you by the way you act and the things you say?
If the Holy Spirit is at work in us then we will be consistent because God is in us. If we’re behaving differently then it’s us and not God at work.
I understand that we have to use certain aspects of our personalities in different ways. We do have to show that more assertive side at work, especially if we’re leaders or managers. And as long as we are respectful and well-mannered there’s nothing wrong with that. But I’m talking about the things that others would be shocked by. Bad language, careless talk (gossip), bad jokes, flirting, drinking excessively. The list goes on. Have I ever been any of those things? Most certainly I have over the past 26 years. But when I’m closest to God those things don’t come anywhere near me. They run away from me! Or, I run away from them! That’s why a regular relationship with God, and not a once a week Sunday sit down is important.
That’s why I write this blog. It’s written for other people but most of the time it’s a ‘note to self’. It’s a great reason to be with God. When I’m with Him I feel less vulnerable. As it says in Psalm 23, ‘You prepare a table before for me in the presence of my enemies’. The evil.
So, Let’s be ourselves to-day. And when I say ‘ourselves’ I mean God and us. With him, we are who He wants us to be. Without Him, sometimes we’re unrecognizable to others and to Him.
‘Heavenly Father, We pray for consistency in our lives. For us to be steadfast in glorifying you always’ – Amen!