You need only read 1 John 2:15-16 to see why the ways of the world are not recommended for the believer: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus told His disciples, “Ye are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). You are God’s light in the earth. Light gives guidance. It brings hope and revelation, and provides illumination to a world of darkness.
When Jesus told His disciples to “Follow me,” He was asking them to use His life as an example of how they were to live. In essence, He was saying, “I am your spiritual Shepherd, so imitate Me.” Following after Jesus, imitating His lifestyle, is how we become His example to the world—how we reflect His love, mercy and kindness to others.
It’s unfortunate, but the truth is there are people who seem to enjoy bringing one another down. They can’t wait to point out your flaws—to tell you what you’ve done wrong. It’s wonderful how God looks at the good in us. He knows it’s there because He put it there.
Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “Cameras don’t lie.” Well, neither do mirrors. When you look in a mirror, the image you see is what others see. It’s you, as you are, whether good or bad. God’s Word is like a mirror. It reflects His image, character and beauty.
When people look at you what do they see? Are they seeing a representative of God, or are they witnessing a carbon copy of what ungodly people represent to the world today? The Bible says God created you in His own image and likeness so you could walk, talk and act just like Him.