Bible Ballistics: BBs #359 What Tracks Are You Making???
I remember as a child feasting on the old-time cowboy movies. They were our heroes, and there was almost always a “scout” who would lead the search by following the ‘tracks’ of the persons and horses that they were pursuing. As I was thinking about writing this morning, I thought about the ‘tracks’ that we leave, and if someone had to ‘track’ us, what would they see?
Paul calls us in Ephesians 6 to “put on the whole armor of God”, in fact, in a few verses he reminds us twice to put it on! It’s essential to our victorious Christian walk/life. And part of that armor reminded me of the tracks that we leave. Do our steps leave footprints of Jesus or the world?
“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;” Ephesians 6:13-15
Paul calls us to have our “feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”; referring to our ‘footprints’, if you would, the affect we have on others. Our life leaves footprints on the world, but what kind of footprints are we leaving? If someone were tracking us, what would they see? Would they see a reflection of the Savior and Lord that we claim to serve, or would they be led astray from Him? And what is this “gospel of peace” that we are to have as our ‘footwear’? In a nutshell, it is the ‘good news’ that Jesus offers a right relationship with God, through His death, burial and resurrection for our sin. (See 1 Cor. 15:3-7)
“Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ:
2 By whom also we have access by faith
into this grace
wherein we stand,
and rejoice in hope
of the glory of God.
3 And not only so, but we glory
in tribulations also:
tribulation worketh patience;
4 And patience, experience;
and experience, hope:
5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God
is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us.
6 For when we were yet without strength,
in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For scarcely for a righteous man
will one die:
yet peradventure for a good man
some would even dare to die.
8 But God commendeth his love toward us,
while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.” Romans 5:1-8
The Good News is that “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”, and because HE died for your/my sin, we can have eternal life with Him–“peace with God”! As we read on in Romans 5, we find that Jesus changes our relationship with God, because we couldn’t do it for ourselves, “when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son”! He died so we could live!
And because He died, we can be reconciled with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, and then we are to share this reconciliation with others.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” 2 Corinthians 5:17-20
When we receive Jesus, we become HIS ambassadors, leading others to Christ Jesus for redemption through His blood. We are to carry the message everywhere we go. So my question for you and me is, “What Tracks Are You Making?” Are others following us to Jesus? If the world only had my footprints to follow, would they be lead to Jesus? Or would they lead others to a self-centered life, a worldly life, a greedy life, an immoral life, or an addictive life? The list could go on and on, but the important thought that I want us all to consider is that people are following us—our family, our children, our co-workers, our friends, our neighbors, the people we interact with in public places, the people who may be watching us from afar!!! What do these people see in us? Jesus? The Devil? Mediocrity? Hypocrisy? Are we leading them to the “One” who can give them the peace of, and reconciliation to God Almighty in Jesus? We all choose where we walk! What “tracks” are we leaving for others? It is a question of eternal import! Think about it!