Colossians 3:17 (NLT) 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

There is a very natural tendency for us to act differently based upon surroundings and circumstances. A child will act much differently around grandparents than other children their own age. A man may have a different demeanor and verbiage around his family at home than what is used around friends at work or the gym. A woman may also reveal a different side with those who are her responsibility and in her care versus those who are her opportunity for social enjoyment. This can be very proper and appropriate, natural and expected. However, it can also be abandonment of true identity and raising of a facade that is meant to avoid conflict, gain acceptance, or make a desired impression. The greater the variance in what is represented, the greater an inability to effectively influence and make an impact in that realm. The salesperson who has not yet committed to paying the price for the widget will lack authenticity when attempting to persuade someone else of its necessity.

While there will surely be a different us that is seen based upon gps and “who they is”, it is yet possible to, all the while, still represent and portray the same person. Where there is a complete buy-in to the new creation we’ve been made to be in Christ, it will be Him that is seen, no matter where we are or who we’re with. From the most personal to the most public, every move made and every word said will be a love expression from a heart overwhelmed with gratefulness for victorious life in Him. Though people and surroundings are continually modified, to live in the name of the Lord is to be firmly fixed in a presence that will never change. He is ever watching, observing and ready to influence with His power and might. It is for Him and through Him that every moment is charged with awareness.

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