Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
Do you ever have those moments when you feel as if your body is being taken over by another personality? You turn green? Grow fangs? Foam oozing from your mouth? Eyes blazing red? Yep, if you’ve ever thrown a temper tantrum then you know exactly what I am talking about. The Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde syndrome kicks in, and you become a whole other person right before your eyes, and everyone around you. For some people it doesn’t take much for this transformation to occur. Others,it takes a bit probing for the transformation to take place. But whichever category you might find yourself in, (I tend to fall in the first usually) the split personality thing just ain’t right! Let’s face it, the Mr. Hyde personality causes everyone around us to want to RUN & HIDE! This brings me to a verse that struck me this morning in my reading.
“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.” Philippians 1:27a
OUCH! Talk about stepping on toes! The Mr. Hyde personality certainly does NOT display the image of Christ. Mr. Hyde does NOT conduct himself in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. And He certainly does NOT show those around us that we are followers of Christ! Yep, it’s starting to sting a bit, I know. But we’ve got to confront this monster, if we want to grow in Christ. When things don’t go exactly how we would like for them to, we need to turn to God and pray for peace. When people don’t treat as as we would like for them to treat us, we need to turn to God and pray for the strength to love them anyway. When we feel abandoned and lonely, we need to turn to God and pray that He will comfort us. When we are hurt, we need to turn to God and pray for the help to forgive anyway. As the children of God we have the power of the Holy Spirit living and dwelling within us, and that power is greater than Mr. Hyde’s power.
My challenge for all of us today, as followers & believers in Jesus Christ, is that we will not let Mr. Hyde come out, but instead rely on rely on the power of the Holy Spirit within us to help us conduct ourselves “in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ.”
Grace & Peace