At Home

Once when my children were small, a stranger approached us and commented: “Your children are so well-behaved! And they have such good manners!” As I was thanking the kind stranger for her gracious compliments, my 5 year old daughter piped up, “We’re really not that good.  You should see us at home!”

I heard a speaker once say, “The Christian you are—-is the Christian you are at home.”  Ouch!  Maybe, some could relate better if I said, “The Christian you are—is the Christian you are when you are driving—or at work—or waiting in line—or when you are out with your friends—or when you are on the internet, etc.”

 Although, Choosing right and doing rightcomes easily when we are sitting in a pew, worshipping, teaching, or even preaching on Sunday morning—day to day living is much more challenging.

So what kind of Christian are you “at home?”

Are you…

Loving or Loathing

Helpful or Hurtful

Available or Aloof

Giving or Greedy

Humble or Haughty

Joyful or Joyless

Patient or Pushy

Dependable or Deceptive

Compassionate or Cold-hearted

Selfish or Selfless

For real or Fake

Obedient or Obstinate

Worshipping or Worrying

Devoted or Double-minded

You get the idea. I’m sure we all can find ourselves on the “wrong” side of the list, at times. The danger comes when we measure our growth according to our anointing instead of our character. God can anoint anyone (He even used a donkey to speak His words).  True growth is determined by a change in our hearts and actions. — Where’s the fruit?

I love this quote from one of my pastors: “God is more interested in cultivating the fruit of the Spirit in your life than the gifts of the Spirit.” Thankfully, Our Heavenly Father is not only patient, but He is also a very good gardener. May the Lord continue to grow us and bring forth an abundance of “good” fruit!

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law” (Galations 5:22-23).

Have a Blessed Day! 

Jeannie Diane

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