Read Galatians 2:1-10
You know what it’s like…when people close to you try to influence you to do something you know you shouldn’t. Maybe it’s to talk about that co-worker behind her back or to go to that place that you know tempts you. We’ve all been there.
My guess is that people around you have also tested your faith. They have tried to convince you to give in to that temptation. Paul’s been there, too. People, who he thought he could trust, ended up betraying him and tried to guide him astray. But, what did he say? “We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might be preserved for you (v. 5).” Not for a moment did Paul give in to the temptation. He didn’t even consider it. He did not just stand against the temptation for himself, but also for those who were influenced by him.
Just picture a world where believers so firmly believe in the truth and message of the gospel that none of us, even for a second, consider giving in to the temptation to sin. What a testimony to the power of the Risen Savior, that would be.
We all have influence and it looks different for each of us. I have an influence at home with my siblings, at college with the girls in my dorm, and at work with my co-workers. If I continually give in to temptation and sin, why would the people around me want to follow Jesus? I would not be living any differently than the rest of the world.
“Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” 1 Peter 2:12
Our good deeds are not what save us but are a way to show the world of Christ in us. We must use our influence wisely. Even if you are not in a position of leadership, you are always in a position of influence.
I challenge you to fight the temptation to fit in with the rest of the world. We are to be cities on a hill, a light to this broken world.