Not too long ago I saw this quote: “To be good is not enough; a person must be good for something.”1 It reminded me of another quote; “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”2 The point of both quotes seem to be quite obvious: If you are going to count for anything in this life in order to be significant in other people’s lives, you must commit to something. That can be anything from being the best worker at your place of employment to being a person of your word. To put this another way, if you said it, you meant it and will stick by it.
But there is no area of our lives where this virtue is more important than in our spiritual life. If we say we believe in the Bible that it is the Word of God, then we must commit to it in every area of our lives – in word and in deed. If we claim to be a follower of Jesus Christ, then our character and tendencies must be Christ-like. If we just begin with our Lord’s beatitudes in Matthew 5, that would be an excellent start.
After all, it’s how we want to be known among our family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers that really counts. Do they see anything in us that convinces them that we are what we say we are; that we’re going to do what we say we’ll do. Just remember, if we claim to be a Christian and then don’t live up to what we claim, we not only embarrass ourselves, but we bring shame on His holy name. – Dr. Robert R Seyda.
1 Ford News, August 4, 1924, p. 2
2 Methodist church announcement in an Iowa newspaper, 1926