Wednesday July 25, 2018
12 Peter had been eating with the people who are not Jews. But after some men came who had been with James, he kept away from them. He was afraid of those who believe in the religious act of becoming a Jew. 13 Then the rest of the Jews followed him because they were afraid to do what they knew they should do. Even Barnabas was fooled by those who pretended to be someone they were not. 14 When I saw they were not honest about the truth of the Good News, I spoke to Peter in front of them all. I said, “If you are a Jew, but live like the people who are not Jews, why do you make the people who are not Jews live like the Jews?”
In this story in Galatians, there was a wall between Jews and Gentiles that Peter was beginning to break down by eating with Gentiles. When the Jews came he separated himself from the Gentiles because of fear of judgement from the Jews. Peter was torn because he loved Jesus and knew it was wrong to leave the Gentiles. Paul catches him in the act and boy does he let him know.
We see at the end of verse 13, “… Even Barnabas was fooled by those who pretended to be someone they were not.” This really stuck out to me. People are watching us. Whether you realize it or not, someone looks up to you. There is someone right now who is watching how you live your life because they want to be like you!
Our character is defined by what we do when no one is watching. What do you do when no one is watching? I heard a story once that changed a lot for me.
There was a man at a restaurant who had just finished eating with his family. He paid the bill and was on his way out to the car when we realized the waiter gave him twenty dollars extra in change. The man had a decision to make. Does he keep it, thinking no one will ever notice. Or does he run back in and give the money to the waiter. After some thought, he goes back into the restaurant and grabs the waiter. He tells him, “Hey man, you accidentally gave me too much money.” The waiter looks at him, smiles, and says, “I did it on purpose.” The man, looking confused, says, “What do you mean?” The waiter says, “You came and spoke to my school about being a man of character. I wanted to see if you were who you really said you were.”
Are you who you say you are?
How can you improve your character?
Dear Lord, help us to live in Your image and grant us the wisdom to make sound decisions as we go along through life. Amen.
Have a great day!