What People See When You Walk into the Room

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When you walk into the room, what do people see?

Do they see mercy or do they see bitterness?

Do they see kindness or do they see indifference?

Do they see humility or do they see pride?

Do they see gentleness or do they see prickliness?

Do they see patience or do they see discontent?

Do they see forgiveness or do they see a grudge?

Do they see love or do they see tolerance?

Do they see peace or do they see dysfunction?

Do they see thankfulness or do they see entitlement?

Do they see Jesus or do they just see you?

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

Colossians 3:12-17 (NLT)

If taking the easy road isn’t your thing…walk like this

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“Look carefully then how you walk…” the Bible says.  (Ephesians 5:15-17)

Which begs the question…

Where are you learning to walk?  Where are you learning to live?

Because, the culture that we live in loves to tell us how it thinks we should walk.  It loves to tell us how to live.

Walk this way, the culture says.

If it feels good, do it.

If it’s legal, smoke it.

Same sex.

Premarital sex.

Abortion.

Divorce…

…it’s all good as long as you’re being true to yourself!

Just ask Bruce Jenner…

We live in a culture today that says what’s true for you may not be true for me.

What is truth, anyway?

Truth is whatever you think it is.

Is that how you want to walk?  Is that how you want to live?

If that’s how you want to walk, then welcome to the crowd.

Welcome to the wide path.

Welcome to the dead end.

Welcome to an empty, meaningless life.

If that’s not how you want to walk, then consider this…

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Even though we live in a culture that can’t handle truth, truth exists…truth is real.

And, we find that truth in God’s Word.  His Word is truth.

Think of God’s Word as a manual on learning to walk. 

And, any good manual isn’t just full of instructions.  It’s full of illustrations…pictures or examples of how to do what it’s telling you to do.

If taking the easy road isn’t your thing.

If you want to live life to the full…

Then consider walking like these people…and follow their example.

Walk like Daniel, who “made up his mind” not to walk like the culture around him by choosing not to eat and drink what the king put in front of him just to fit in with the crowd.  (Daniel 1:8)

Walk like Joseph, who could have hooked up with an older woman that wanted to sleep with him, but chose to run away from her instead.  (Genesis 39:10-12)

Walk like Esther, who could have kept her mouth shut, but chose to speak out against injustice and risked her life in the process.  (Esther 4:15-16)

Walk the narrow road.

13 “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.

(Jesus in Matthew 7:13-14)

What does your walk say about you?

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Have you ever watched people walk?

Like at the park, or the mall, or even just down the street?

You can learn a lot about a person by the way they walk.

Some walk fast…some slow.

Some walk with their head up…some with their head down.

Some walk with purpose…some walk with no purpose.

Some walk with the weight of the world on their shoulders…some walk without a care in the world.

Some strut and bounce when they walk…some just shuffle their feet.

Some look straight ahead when they walk…some look all around.

Some walk in a straight line…some walk in circles.

(I think you get the idea…)

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The Bible often uses the word “walk” to describe how we live every day.

Where we go.

What we do.

What we say.

Who we walk with…

All of these things are a reflection of who we are…how we walk.

How we live.

So, what does your walk say about you?

What do people think when they see your life?

Do they see Jesus in you…or do they see something else?

“…the Lord has told you what is good,
    and this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love mercy,
    and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)