Let's start seeing doubles.

 "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." --Ephesians 4:22-24.

"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." --2 Corinthians 3:18.

Alrighty: it's been a while, and I'm a wee bit rusty, but blogging is like riding a bicycle, right? :)

Today seems to have been a big eye-opener for me in regards to who I am in Christ and how I am important in this big picture known as the Great Commission.

During Sunday school today, one of the adults told us a story where she and her husband moved next door to an older man, and after he knew that his new neighbors were Christians, this was his response: "I know how you Christians treat each other, and I want nothing to do with it." It's not only how we treat our enemies but how we treat each other makes just as great an impact. Everywhere we go, we have spectators without realizing it. This is why it is so important to imitate Christ throughout our lives.

It was very interesting that she shared her story during Sunday school because in the sermon following that, the pastor elaborated on verse six of 1 Thessalonians 1:
"You became imitators of us and the Lord..." (NIV).
Usually, we would see the Lord listed first because He is greater than we are, right? In this case, however, it is different. As Paul was writing to the church of Thessalonica, he knew that the people would come in contact with followers of God before actually giving their lives to Him. Without becoming attracted to the followers of God, they wouldn't be attracted to God and, therefore, not give their lives to Him and follow Him.

We are in this role as followers of God, walking in the world filled with those who do not know God, but as He has said many times before, we will shine God's light in the darkness. Through the love that we bestow upon our neighbors, they will begin to see God through us, and that is where we begin to "go and make disciples among the nations" (Matthew 28:19).

Model yourselves to be like God as His followers by constantly living in faith, loving others, and persevering through trials with the hope that He promises us (1 Thessalonians 1:3).

God bless!

P.S. Yes, I did get most of these thoughts from my pastor's sermon today, but this truth must be shared!