What Do People Say About You?

How do people perceive your life? What legacy are you leaving behind? How does the Gospel compel you to live? These are all questions that people contemplate at different times in life. I certainly understand that many people in society desire the moral aspect of the first two questions, but maybe are not connected to the third. This line of reasoning is crucial for the believer. Needless to say, our reasoning as Christians should be a discipline that we endeavor to work on daily. The truth exists that people are watching one another and hope to see how you and I may react to circumstances that the Christian faces. The Bible reminds the Christian that we are “surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1). The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John

Are read by more than a few,

But the one that is most read and commented on

Is the gospel according to you.

You are writing a gospel, a chapter each day

By the things that you do and the words that you say,

Men read what you write, whether faithless or true,

Say, what is the gospel according to you'

Do men read His truth and His love in your life,

Or has yours been too full of malice and strife'

Does your life speak of evil, or does it ring true'

Say, what is the gospel according to you'


Our verse of encouragement today is found in Job 4:3. “Surely you have instructed many, and you have strengthened weak hands.” These words are expressed by a visitor and self proclaimed friend of Job named Eliphaz. The early account of Job’s suffering states the arrival of the three individuals and Job not conversing for an entire seven days. Silence is now broken and Job curses his day of birth which leads to Eliphaz’s response. Earlier in these posts I expressed the importance to reaching out to those in need, but sometimes expressing your thoughts first can dictate the outcome of further dialog. Notice that Eliphaz’s statement attempts to offer encouragement by stating some truth about Job, but we must not allow the flesh to show its ugly hand. Pride will always lead us down a path of derision;' if we permit it.

Reading further into the chapter, Eliphaz suggests that he has received a vision which causes concern about the spiritual condition of Job. I believe it is important to be reminded that our moral reasoning is often clouded through our finite minds. What Eliphaz is stating is that God chastens His children, therefore Job must have some un-confessed sin prevalent in his life. The fact remains that Eliphaz and the other two were not present when God and Satan had their dialog in Heaven (1:8; 2:3). Our Lord will defend Job’s integrity later in our study. Through all of this account, we will witness that Job never lost his integrity.

Now that leads us to today’s encouragement. Will we uphold our Christian integrity in all circumstances? This will require accountability and much prayer. Ask the Lord to reveal how you might uphold the integrity of the Gospel. I guarantee that God’s word will offer tremendous encouragement as we attempt to perform this action. Listen to these words from God. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath “ (James 1:19). That verse offers us valuable wisdom. Grace and peace.