“so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people” (Philippians 2:15 NLT).
What do good children do? They obey their parents!
When children obey parents, there are usually some benefits attached to their obedience. Children earn privileges–get rewarded for doing the right thing–and most of those children (not all) are able to navigate adulthood with success, never knowing or truly understanding the penalties that exist for non-compliance to rules and policies.
If we know this is what “good children” do, why can’t we as “good children of God” do what we’re supposed to do?
What I love most about being a child of God is the fact that I don’t have a lot of rules to remember and He doesn’t change His mind about them–love Him and love others. It’s just that simple.
Now, if all people (who don’t know Him) ever saw in us was our ability to love–what could they possibly say (and be truthful) against us?
The best thing we can do–is not to worry about what others say–but just do what good children do!
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to be good children–an example for the world as to Your goodness, mercy, and grace, loving all we meet and obeying You. Amen!