“For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.” Romans 2:13, 15-16
We are living in a world where knowledge is available to anyone, at anytime, at the touch of a button. It is one thing to read a text but it is another to understand it. It is an even greater task to understand and then apply the knowledge that we absorb. The largest distance that an individual must journey in life is the distance between their mind and their heart.
The mind acknowledges whereas the heart transforms a person. If we claim to be leaders, teachers, and skilled firefighters we must insure that our actions match our blog posts. Our articles of eloquence and inspirational speeches lose all credibility if our actions fall short. We should be living examples to others not only in words but in deeds. We cannot preach brotherhood and leadership if our wives and children do not know us nor believe in us. We cannot preach against negativity if we are often quoted as cynical and bitter. We cannot preach, teach, or admonish if we are not living examples in our hearts first.
Our lives are not to be polar opposites in our jobs, our families, our churches, and our daily activities. We must be a consistent example of the be-attitudes that we preach in all aspects of our lives or we will be like the house built on the sand; all of our claims will collapse on ourselves because of the absence of a strong foundation in Christ. The weight of hypocrisy will crush us and the collateral damage will be far worse than we can imagine.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:26-27
Let us in this New Year be “new creations in Christ.” Let us build our houses upon the rock of Christ and realize that the future of the fire service is not the only thing we should be concerned with. The future of our lives, our families, our friends, and those God has entrusted to our care are looking upon our daily examples.
What example will you choose to set in 2015?