“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” Luke 2:52 (NASB).
As I chased after a career in professional snowboarding there was a continual growing process of becoming a more credible, legit rider in the industry. Of course new tricks had to be dialed in on a regular basis, but style had to change and adapt as well. I wanted to make sure I could play the part and look the part. I gave plenty of attention to tiny details like the way I wore my goggles, rocking the pants inside the high-backs, switching from gloves to mittens, the type of grab, the extra tweak, learning a proper method, landing locked into a back lip rather than sliding into it, committing to a frontboard through a kink. All things were important in order to grow my credibility in the eyes of the snowboarding world. I saw what the best riders where doing so I committed to learning from the best.
Model your life after Christ to grow your credibility and incredibly impact your world.
Growing from a little grom into a man, Jesus grew in credibility with the people around Him and in His relationship with God. As a man, Jesus had decisions to make that could either wreck or build up His reputation as the Son of God. In every situation, Jesus nailed it, and He “kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
How rad would it be if this could be said of us?! That we would be continually growing our reputation as genuine Christ-followers. That we would be known for living as Christ lived, full of love, grace, compassion, and forgiveness. Imagine the impact that could be made on the ride and ski industry! Let us learn from the best and model our lives after Him.
1) What are different ways that you try to build your credibility with the shred culture or the world around you?
2) Are these a positive or negative reflection on your reputation as a Christ follower?
3) How do we begin the process of allowing the Lord to build a positive reputation through our lives?
By Michael Dyck | Capernwray, New Zealand