Last post I wrote about how our perception of the world is affected by the truths we hold. See First Post to read more. This time I would like to challenge you with thinking about the consistency with which you act. Are you more outspoken at work or with friends than you are with family or at church? Do you behave differently depending on whom you are around? Are you even self-aware enough to notice?
These are forms of dualism. Dualism is the division of something conceptually into two opposed or contrasted aspects, or the state of being so divided. Essentially it is the division of your life into separate compartments that are not consistent with one another. I’d be the first to admit I often catch myself saying something or making a joke I wouldn’t if I were at home with my family or friends from church. We all probably struggle with this in some form. We separate out our spiritual life from our earthly life thinking they have no effect on one another. This just another one of many lies the devil deceives us into believing. As Christians we are called to be the salt of the earth.
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. – Matthew 5:13 ESV
Salt is for seasoning and preservation of food. Are we seasoning the earth with our words and actions? If we aren’t Jesus says we are to be thrown out! In the next verse (v.14), Christ tells uses a another analogy to drive the point home telling us we are the light of the world. Are we reflecting the light of Christ into this dark world? Are we sharing the love and forgiveness of Christ with which he has so richly provided to us?
One of my favorite artists is NF. “Remember This” on his new album talks about this very issue of people not being consistent in their lives and to be the real you.
Actions speak louder than words do, it’s pretty quiet, isn’t it?
Look at the world we live in, defined by comment sections
Surround yourself with people that challenge how you think
Not people that nod their head and act like they agree
Those people will cut you open just to watch you bleed
Always be yourself, not the person that you pretend to be, no!
These people gon’ tell you that you will never make it
Then when you do, they gon’ say they knew you were goin’ places
That’s just how it works, next thing you know you’ll be overrated
Hearing people say they miss the “old you,” it’s crazy, ain’t it?
And perfect people don’t exist, so don’t pretend to be one
I don’t need pats on the back from people for my achievements
When I die I wanna know that I lived for a reason
Anyone can take your life, but not what you believe in, no
The real you is not defined by the size of your office
The real you is who you are when ain’t nobody watchin’
You spend your whole life worried about what’s in your wallet
For what? That money won’t show up in your coffin, woo!
So let’s start doing this world a favor. Stay true to what you believe in. Live life consistently through your words and actions. Challenge others with forgiveness and love for others. Stay mindful of how others perceive you. Not for your glory, but the glory of the almighty, omniscient, and omnipresent God that gave it all for you!