Today’s contemplation comes after reading a post that I re-blogged here from Pastor Mikes blog concerning an Atheist’s perspective about Christianity. The way I see it, we sing songs such as “We are known to be Christians by our Love”, but do we live that way? What does being “known to be Christians by our love” mean to us as individuals?
The question I have today is:
Can somebody like a stranger look at you an tell and I mean literally tell that you’re Christian by your conduct?
Sometimes, I come across people and they would say to me “You’re a Christian aren’t you??” and I would say “Yes, how can you tell?” because I never said I was and they’d tell me that they could just tell without me really saying anything because they get that vibe with the way I am as an individual. When I think about that…it gives me some level of encouragement to believe that being Christian doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wear a WWJD bracelet or wear a crucifix symbol on your necklace of have a fish bumper sticker on your car for people to be able to tell that you are what you live. If you really live it, people who don’t believe can tell by how you demonstrate Jesus’ love for people by our conduct. I know personally that I’m still a work in progress….so I’m not going to claim “I have arrived” but for those that have been reading my blog, the reason why I write the things that I do is because it is soo important in God’s heart for us to really stretch out our hands and be the answers to the World’s problems.
I am blessed to share my faith through this blog and considering that I have an international audience, it’s awesome that I learn from others as well when I share. We can’t limit the power of our ability to share our faith. Stretch yourself out more and be God’s hand extended where ever you live no matter where you are. He can use the internet, radio, movies, books, television, music to share the gospel. We have so many avenues to share what we believe in order to satisfy the call to spread the Gospel of peace, to spread the Good news, but even though we have these mediums, we must not forget that we must demonstrate what we believe with how we live. Each day is a daily battle, but each day is a chance for someone to experience the Love of God through YOU.
Jesus was and is our Salvation. He is the answer to our questions of Faith. He is the one who redeemed us back to the heart of the Father and He demonstrated God’s love for us here on Earth so that we could do greater demonstrations than what He did at Calvary (John 14:12). However, I feel that to some extent, we accept that we are forgiven and remain satisfied in our own salvation but fail to realize that the peace we feel in being redeemed should also be shared with others so that they too can feel that restorative power of Christ.
The Hope in us must be revealed by living out our demonstrated love from the Father by showing love to others. Some Christians remain complacent and do not seem to see or understand that if it hadn’t been for God or that ONE person that interceded on your behalf to get saved, you’d still remain lost as others still are to this day. So rather than remaining satisfied with our own Salvation, we must strive to live and be an example that is attractive to follow. We have to be known to be Christians by our ACTIVE demonstration of GOD’s love for People EVERYDAY. This isn’t one of those “let’s love on people when we go out on missions experience” and then you return and remain as selfish as you were before doing that very same “Christian activity”. You can’t have two faces here people. It’s either you love people everywhere you go or you don’t. You can’t be so selective on when you feel compassion. Compassion should always be residing in your Heart to share the Gospel of Truth to people. However, how many of us think this way? Are we merely satisfied sitting in the pew waiting for another “Word” for the day and then leave to do grocery shopping and what not?
How many of us have been woken up at night to intercede for someone and actually answered to that call?
How many of us have extended our hand to give money when we could to the homeless in the street as we walk on by?
How many of us have extended our homes to shelter victims in some serious situations???
We have many opportunities presented to us each day…but how many times do we demonstrate this Love that we supposedly have for the lost, the broken, the poor, the abandoned?
I felt challenged after reading Pastor Mikes post and I think we all should be.
Doing Christian “activities” and living out the belief are two separate things here folks. Yes, it is possible to be part of the Body of Christ as a member and still act like a person who is indistinguishable between a person from the secular world by how we demonstrate our Character in front of others. I believe that as Christians, we have to be distinguishable in our conduct as a heart condition rather than “Perform Christianity”. Being Christian isn’t an Act, we already have many clowns at a circus…
Being Christian is a heart condition that is demonstrated through action.
If we are the “light that shines through the darkness” (John 1:5) that exists in this world, then why do we lack impact for those still living in the dark (ignorance)? How bright is our beacon? Are we soo dim that we are easily mistaken to be a mirage in the dark? I think these are scary thoughts don’t you think so too?
Evangelism is easier when your love comes with no condemnation and pointing of fingers and neither does it come with a sense of apathy towards another person struggling with sin, struggling with their weakness and failures to remain in the walk. People often backslide because of our failure to demonstrate Christs Love for them even in their weaknesses. If we “claim” that we have “Christ in us the Hope of Glory” (Colossians 1:27) , then this hope should be able to draw people towards Christianity. We must question why some people are falling in between the cracks when we have hands that can catch them from falling any further.
Christ Our Redeemer is the Repairer of this Breach (Isaiah 58:12)…so we have to do our part to demonstrate this Love to Others as a heart given goal and not do it out of mere obligation as a “duty” as a Christian. People aren’t as stupid as we make them out to be. Non-believers can tell who is genuine and who is not, so don’t kid yourself for one second and think for one moment that being an “actor” as a Christian and that by being a “performer” can fool them into desiring to live that life too. In a non-believers perspective, we probably act no different from them and they end up being disgusted by the level of hypocrisy that exists within the Body of Christ. So today, I implore you all to assess and re-assess where you are in your walk and consider that your Conduct can save someone. Sometimes the best evangelical tool one can use isn’t always with mere words, but through LOVE IN ACTION. What do y’all think?
Here is a song to minister to you today by Trinit-I-Tee 5:7 called Greater Than You & Me. Stay Blessed Everybody!
Scriptures to Meditate
Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.
[ The Answered Prayer ] “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
2 Peter 1:19
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,
LORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments.
I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
[ The New Man ] This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind,
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 13:13
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.