2/11/2009 - Becoming Better

Quiet Time 2-11-09:  Becoming Better

REFERENCES: (recommend reading 2 Peter)  

Mark 9:35 (KJV):  “And he sat down, and called the twelve, and saith unto them, if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.”

1 Peter 2:9 (NLT) “But you are not like that, for you are chosen people.  You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession.  As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
 
2 Peter 1:10 (NLT):  “So, dear brothers and sisters, work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen.  Do these things, and you will never fall away.

Acts 26:18:  “to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.”

 

The thought came to me during our first company Bible Study this week . . . “Christians aren’t BETTER than others, we’re just headed to a BETTER place.”  That’s probably been said before and may already be on a bumper sticker, I just haven’t heard or seen it.  It sounded good and seemed right when I first thought about it, but I have continued to ponder the statement.  I have no doubt about the second part, Christians are headed to a better place – Praise the Lord & Amen!
  
It’s the first part that troubles me.  Christians definitely should not have an ATTITUDE of being better than others, in fact we are to put ourselves last and be a servant to all.  At the same time, we ARE better than others.  Christians are God’s CHOSEN people and we are SET APART from non-Christians by our faith in Christ.  But the real focus should not be what we are, or may think we are, but what are we becoming and how do others see us.  Whether we are better or not is not something that is self-appointed, it is what others think of us that determine what we are, or at least that is what matters as far as our witness is concerned.  What we should be evaluating personally is how we can become better, realizing that is never-ending process.  We can only be salt and light to the world if we are continuously becoming better.  This applies to individuals, families, churches, schools and businesses.

The Holy Spirit in this moment has just given me a new company motto:  “BIBB – Bartlett Intentionally Becoming Better”.  Becoming better starts and continues with God’s Word, so it is fitting that the Holy Spirit birthed this out of our first company Bible Study, which I will now be calling BIBB Time.  God’s Word must permeate all areas of our lives.

Please don’t mistake me by thinking I am insinuating that we can earn our salvation by being better.  That’s not what I mean at all.  From a personal standpoint being better just simply makes us better, but from the standpoint of others, our being better may mean the difference in their eternity.

Please pray for me as I strive to become “better” . . .

. . . make smart choices, love everybody, be a blessing, I love you and have a great day.