Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 1 Peter 2:12
How a believer conducts their life matters. It matters how we handle ourselves within the walls of our homes and in the wide-open view of our communities. It matters how we do marriage, how we parent our children, and how we interact with neighbors. It matters how we drive on the roads, respond to a tired cashier, and coach little league teams. It matters how we treat our employees and work associates. It matters that we put in an honest day's work for our wages. These things matter primarily to the people in our lives. And as today's passage reminds us, others are watching closely.
Even the "pagans" who don't mind taking shots at you, take note of your good deeds. Who doesn't appreciate a faithful spouse, a loving parent, and a good neighbor? Who has a problem with a friendly driver? Who can criticize a person who is courteous to a cashier working their second job or second shift? Who doesn't want a little league coach who has the best interest of their child at heart? Who knows, God may use their observation of your life to bring them to Himself.
The phrase "on the day [God] visits us" has a few different interpretations but most believe this refers to the day when God brings salvation to a person's life. God uses our good deeds to get the non-believer's attention and then He closes the deal with eternal salvation! Think about that the next time you are in a hurry at the checkout line ... or driving down the highway ... or coaching the team ... or ....
Father, remind me that all of my life--actions and words--matter. Use this truth to motivate me to good deeds. And use my actions to bring people to Yourself. In Jesus' name. Amen.