People are quick to spot hypocrisy.
Nothing has done more harm to the faith than those who claim to be Christians but don’t live it. Peter tells us that we should do good and live exemplary lives as servants of God before a watching world:
For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. (1 Peter 2:15-16)
Charles Spurgeon puts it this way – our religion should travel with us.
“A Christian cannot live by a double standard but lives to say, ‘If I pray, I will also act. If I go to the house of God and profess to love God, I love him everywhere. I take my religion into the shop, behind the counter, and into the office.’ If it does not travel with us, God knows it is not religion at all.”
We never know who is watching us. What do our lives say about the God we believe in? Are we cheerful? Are we servants? Are we generous? Are we holy? Or do we grumble? Do we join in office gossip? Do we join in impure conversations? Would our classmates or neighbors see anything different about us? Are our neighbors glad we are their neighbors?
So for God’s glory, let’s take our faith with us to work and school, to the coffee shop and the grocery store. Our religion should travel with us.