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Devotional for Monday, May 25, 2015
Today's Prayer Note from The Navigators:

The Navigators - Latin and South America
Please pray for Navigators teaching and discipling in countries throughout Latin and South America. Pray for hearts to be open to the love of Christ.

Christ in You

Today's Scripture: Galatians 1-6
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Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. - 1 Timothy 4:12

You may have heard it said, "You are the best Christian someone will ever know." As you go about your daily life, there's someone watching you who thinks that everything you do is right. It may be a coworker, a neighbor, or one of your own children. It should cause each of us to begin every day with a prayer that God would help us live so that the people watching us won't be led astray.

Would you believe the apostle Peter once became a bad example to the Christians around him? Here is how the apostle Paul relates the story in Galatians 2:12-13:

Before certain men came from James, "[Peter] used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.

Even Barnabas--one of the earliest missionaries and the leader of the missionary team of Barnabas and Saul--was led astray by Peter's bad example. But the positive effect of Peter's life far outshines the negative example here. Apparently, Peter accepted Paul's reprimand, changed his behavior, and learned from his mistake. Yet the incident stands as a reminder that our lives are open to the eyes of all around us.

If there's something in your life that needs to change today, listen to God, admit your mistake, and turn around. It will be a powerfully good example to others.

Prayer

Lord, help me to live as an example to others. Amen.

To Ponder

Would you change anything about your life if you took seriously the statement, "You might be the best Christian someone will ever know"?


The text for this devotional comes from the NavPress book Daily Discipleship, which features devotionals taken from radio broadcasts by long-time Navigator LeRoy Eims. For more information or to order a copy, visit the NavPress website.

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