Is Your Conscience Clear?
By Greg Sanders
Acts 24:15 I have the same hope in God that these men have, that he will raise both the righteous and the unrighteous. 16 Because of this, I always try to maintain a clear conscience before God and all people.
The Apostle Paul knew very well what it was like to have multitudes of people slander his name and make false accusations regarding his life and faith. When Paul’s day in court finally came, his main defense was that he had always tried to operate in a manner that was pleasing to God. Paul knew that the most important issue is not what people think of you. The most important thing is, “What does God think of You?”
This priority of keeping a clear conscience before God is an important element for the believer to embrace in the world today. Christianity continues to be frowned upon by a growing number of people in our nation. Persecution of the Christian church is on the rise around the world. Even in the break rooms and grocery aisles of rural America, conversation can become hostile if a believer sticks to Biblical faith.
The way you stay true to God and His Word is not by trying to defend yourself to everyone. The way to stay true to God is by recognizing that He sees all, hears all,l and is applauding your commitment to Him. There will always be voices that try to derail your commitment to Christ. Remember that there is another voice cheering you on.
Today’s Challenge: Determine that the voice of the Lord is the only voice from which you seek approval. Make pleasing Him more important than pleasing anyone else.