From the writings of the Rev. Billy Graham
One of the greatest needs among Christians today is to exercise discipline. It is one of the great testimonies that point others to Jesus Christ. Just as our country’s military academies teach students to live disciplined lives in order to be officers in the armed forces, Christians should do no less. Soldiers are trained for future leadership and service. In order for Christians to serve in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, obedience to God’s instruction should be of utmost importance.
Christians should stand out like a sparkling diamond against a rough and dark background. We should be wholesome and poised, courteous and gracious, industrious and friendly. We should be firm in the things we do or do not do and we should be able to articulate why we live as we do; we should refuse to allow the world to pull us down.
The Bible says that we should not be conformed to the world so that we can show the world this is God’s will for His people (Romans 12:1-2). This should not be burdensome but we should do this with joy, for God Himself dwells in us and enables us to live in such a way that others see Christ at the center of our lives.
(This column is based on the words and writings of the late Rev. Billy Graham.)