I just love it when one of my colleagues apologises for swearing in front of me, or something like that. Especially if I haven’t made a point of telling them I’m a Christian. If we are living right, they somehow just know.
Abraham had something about him that made him stand out from the crowd. In Genesis 21 v 22, Abimelech (the king of that area) and Phicol, the commander of his forces said to him, “God is with you in everything you do.” How would I feel if someone said that to me!?!
We live in an age when we keep hearing about Christians being harassed in their work places, because they have the audacity to pray for someone, or wear a cross, or stand up for what they believe in some way that offends someone else. That is very uncomfortable, disconcerting and even threatening to our way of life.
What occurs to me, is that in Abraham’s day, God chose his man to stand out from the crowd, to be his anointed prophet, to speak of God’s power into his society. For us, each one of us can live in the power of the Holy Spirit – to stand out from the crowd, to be his anointed prophet, and to speak of God’s power into our society.
I’m sure there will be times when the world tries to squash that in us, but we need to be living our faith on the offensive, not the defensive. I want to live in that power. I want to carry his presence everywhere I go. I want people to say to me, “God is with you in everything you do.” Come, Holy Spirit.