Well, hello there! Long time, no see, eh? This past month I’ve actually been out of the country. I had the amazing opportunity to visit Israel and meet some pretty cool people while I was there. Did I mention that I had a twelve hour layover on my way there in Paris?! I’m truly very thankful to have been allowed the experience to go out of the country.
And, now, on today’s topic. As Christians we should care what others think of us. We should want to be a good example to non-believers and Christians alike. We are to be images of Christ. This means we should care whether or not we are appearing Godly. We should want others to think we are full of compassion and love for others. If we need to be Christ-like examples, we should be careful what others think of us and what kind of image we’re sending to both non-believers and fellow Christians.
1 Thessalonians 5:22 says, “Abstain from all appearances of evil.” (NKV) Likewise, Romans 12:17 says, “be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” That means we should avoid doing things that may appear sinful in order to be a Christ-like example to others. For example, if you move in with your boyfriend, yet you each have your own bedroom, people at church and your neighbors may be thinking you both are living together sinfully. This doesn’t portray a very Christ-like example to others since it seems you’re living in sin. If we are representatives of Christ we should be careful of how we act.
1 Peter 2:12 says, “Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that [a]for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God [b]in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].”
However we shouldn’t care what others think of us if we are seeking approval from others, in other words, we shouldn’t be seeking approval in order to get the satisfaction of hearing someone praise us. And, we shouldn’t care what others think of us if they’re trying to drag us down with negativity. Such as getting told you’re not good enough, you’re ugly, etc. That’s when we don’t need to care whatsoever what they think of us. It shouldn’t matter to us whether or not people think we’re cool. This can be especially hard when you attend public school. Everyone wants to fit in and wear the most popular brands. But in the end we only need to care what God thinks of us. And he thinks we are valuable!
Galations 1:10 says, “ Am I now [a]trying to win the favor and approval of men, or of God? Or am I seeking to please someone? If I were still trying to be popular with men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.”