Am I violating the principles of Christian life?
From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
Q: My education is in the area of hospitality, managing a large hotel chain. Some people say I need to work for the Lord instead. This is eating away at me, for there are many opportunities I have in my work to invite others to church and to show them hospitality in my home where we pray before meals and enjoy wholesome entertainment. I feel this is many times the first step to sharing why I live the way I do. It gives me an opportunity to express my love and obedience to God. Many of my friends who make a living through the church look down on me because I am making a living “in the world.” Am I violating the principles of Christian life? – S.W.
A: The reality of our “Christian profession” [our testimony] is shown in many ways: the things we say, as well as the things we do not say; the things we do, as well as the things we do not do. For while Christianity is not primarily a matter of externals, it does find expression in conversation, habits, recreation, emphasis, and ambitions. This conduct is observed by those we work with as we fulfill the responsibilities of our “profession.”
God blesses those whose conversations and lifestyles honor the Lord. He is pleased when our sources of recreation are pure. We testify of God’s provision when we bow our heads and thank Him before a meal. People watch to see what Christians are attached to and where we set our affections. When people see in us an ambition for place and position out of accord with that of a Christian, it hurts our testimony for Jesus Christ.
The Bible says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom … and whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Colossians 3:16–17, NKJV).
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)
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