We like to talk big. We have an image of ourselves that we like to project. Granted, that image is not always a good one. For the most part, we like to project an image that is acceptable to those around us. This means that far too often the image we project is influenced by man rather than by God. If we are around godly people, we seek to project a godly image but if we are around ungodly people, do we do the same?
I am always saddened when someone on this site tells me that that they have come across an unnamed member of CB on Facebook and they say to me, "K, if you saw them there you would not recognize them." This should not be! We should be easily recognized as a child of God wherever we go.
However, I have to ask myself this question, am I? In all honesty, I have to say there have been times that I have not portrayed myself as a child of God. I have not reflected the image of Christ; rather I have reflected the image of the flesh.
James addresses this issue. In chapter 3 he talks about controlling the tongue. While we might not want to admit it, our tongue (and in the case of cyberspace, our fingers) are an indicator of our heart. I don't know if you're squirming a bit right now but I am. Far too often, one way or another, I've lost control of my tongue and when I have it isn't pretty. We can justify ourselves all we want but James writes:
And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.- James 3:10-12 (NLT)
Sigh...when I've lost control of my tongue I am not proving that I am walking after the Spirit. I am proving that I am walking after the flesh.
If you are wise and understand God’s ways, prove it by living an honorable life, doing good works with the humility that comes from wisdom.- James 3:11 (NLT)
In order to be wise and understand God's way, we must not merely read God's Word. We must hide it in our heart. We must not merely say a prayer; we must communicate with God and communication involves listening as well as speaking. Then we will be properly equipped to go out into the world and prove what is in our heart by living an honorable life and doing good works with humility.
We say that we follow Jesus Christ. We say that we walk the walk and talk the talk. We say that we will follow Him to the very end but does our life prove it?