Most companies have a code of conduct or code of ethics. This document provides information on how employees should conduct themselves as representatives of the organization. It may also include dress codes (formal or informal), the company’s values, objectives and how employees should deal with certain (ethical) situations.
Colleges also have entrance requirements. The most prestigious of them all seek for people who strive for excellence. Proof of their perseverance would be demonstrated through a graduate’s overall grade point average, test scores on the SAT or ACT and how well the graduate has written their entrance essay. Additionally, any recommendation letters from others helps as well.
Athletic teams from all levels also have requirements. For high school, a student’s GPA and behavior in class or worth ethic may get them a spot on the team. For college, one may have been scouted based on 4 plus years of performance during high school to land a sweet spot in a starting position.
In almost every aspect of our lives, there are stipulations, codes, requirements and other such things to obtain affiliations with an organizational structure. So…why is it that when we give our lives to the Lord, we feel as if there should be no requirements for us to fulfill? While we may not verbally say this, our actions are loud and clear.
- We wear our shirt as low as we want (cleavage showing).
- We wear our skirts as tight and short as we like.
- We wear our pants as tight as we want.
- Men wear earrings because they want.
- We get piercings everywhere we desire.
- We go where we want.
- We do what we want.
- We say what we want and how we want.
If we are doing everything WE want, then who are we really representing? If you do what you want to do, then you are representing YOU. If you don’t acknowledge the Holy Spirit in all that you do, so that He may guide you, then you are representing You
Romans 13:14 (NIV)
Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
Am I saying that your attire is going to determine where you spend eternity? No, of course not. God judges our heart, our faith and our willingness to be a living sacrifice. But…when those we are trying to draw, do not see a difference in our behavior, from their behavior, how are we going to persuade them to experience the magnitude of power and love, which we have received from Jesus?
Everything God has ever done was classy, of quality, and in excellence. With God as our Father, and we as His children, we should be the epitome of class, sprinkled with grace and topped off with a silent confidence that only comes from the peace and joy given to us by our Father, through our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Do you really know who you are? You are CHOSEN! To be chosen means to be the object of choice or divine favor.
John 15:16 (NIV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.
- You were chosen because you are considered the ‘cream of the crop’ to represent Jesus.
- You were selected from all the other billions of candidates to show forth the praises of our Savior.
- There was no other person created to do what you do, because the Master Designer, God our Father, specifically made you for a purpose.
If there is any ounce of the Holy Spirit or any God-conscience within you, I guarantee you had a first thought to not say or do what your second thought told to do/say and you did anyway. God has all the confidence in you, but you choose to represent yourself, do what pleases you (not Him), regardless of who it offends. Because of your selfishness, that one soul or the masses of souls our Savior needed you to connect with (because of the power in your testimony), remains loss in his/her sin longer than intended. And so, just as the children of Israel who wandered for 40 years, these people continue to wander, all because your representation is unclear.
If someone rings your doorbell and says they are with FED-EX or UPS and have a package for you, what is the first thing you’re going to look for? Well, for me, first I need to see a truck with the official brand name. Next, I need to see you, SIR, with a shirt that also matches the official brand on the truck. Then, I need to see a package on the ground and a gadget in your hand for me to sign for this package that you claim is for me!
In case you were unaware, you are chosen. You are royalty.We have been commissioned to Earth to show forth the majesty of the Kingdom of God which awaits all of us who turn from our own malicious ways to follow the example that Jesus laid before us. The mission is to compel the wandering souls. Let us represent the Kingdom of God, our Father, as heirs to the throne.
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV) But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.