God never does anything without a substantive reason. We can trust that he knows what he is doing (Titus 1:2; Romans 11:33-34).
When we’re immersed into Christ (Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16; Romans 6:3-4), we become his servants who utilize the things he has given us, so we can be useful to his cause (Ephesians 2:10).
His glory becomes our central focus (Ephesians 3:20-21).
We’re called to live to a standard (Ephesians 4:1-13). We immerse ourselves in his word and let it guide us daily (Psalm 119:105). We leave the world behind and walk according to Christ (Ephesians 4:1).
As ambassadors of truth, we’re commissioned to take the gospel to the lost world (Matthew 28:18-20). In order for the gospel to penetrate hearts and minds, the deliverer must be dependable in word.
Our reputation is an undeniable part of the message. While it’s true that the Word predominates, people won’t listen if we’re untrustworthy. They will assume we’re lying or being manipulative, yet again.
We can destroy the message before it’s even delivered.
Since we’re a new creation in Christ, we must “put away lying” (Ephesians 4:25, NKJV) and “let no corrupt word proceed out of [y]our mouth” (Ephesians 4:29).
We can’t pull a delectable meal from the garbage and expect people to eat it. That’s just the reality. So how we conduct ourselves is extremely important.
It’s similar to the Lord’s demand that brethren don’t take each other to court because it indicates that Christ doesn’t have an answer (1 Corinthians 6:1).
We must not “grieve the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 4:30), because we refuse to be cooperative. He depends on our pure lives in order for his kingdom to thrive.
This is what we signed up for and heaven is worth it.