The other day a lady was having her groceries scanned at the cash register. Everything was running smoothly but then something happened and it changed everything. There was a jar of vinegar that was not scanning so the numbers had to be typed into the register. After all of the numbers were entered from the product, the wrong price came up because of the similarity between another item in the store. The customer was blown away that the jar of vinegar rang up for over thirty dollars.
The error was quickly noticed and a correction was made; however, the lady was no longer smiling or relaxed. She was now watching as each item was scanned into the system, making sure that every item was being charged correctly. Trust was lost. That one error caused her to no longer believe that she would receive the proper price for the items she was purchasing.
I’m not telling you this because of some vinegar that did not come up properly, but to show you how easily trust can be lost. We each have something called moral authority, and it is something that can quickly be lost if we are not careful. If we are not positively representing Christ, we are providing people with something else which could turn them away from Christ. If we are telling people the Truth but not living by it, people will respond to that discrepancy. The word “hypocrite” will be said or thought. Keep this in mind as you go about your day—what are you showing people? Are you living what you are preaching?
“Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” – 1 Timothy 4:15-16 [NIV]