I was thinking this week about how others look at you and your faith. We are being watched by our friends and neighbors every day. They are looking at how we respond to the life events that happen around us. For some of these people, you may be the only way they will ever see God’s love.
But the question is, do others see Christ in us, as individuals and as a collective group? Do we embody the values and teachings of Jesus in our actions, behavior, and interactions with others?
Being a Christian is not just about what we believe, but it is also about how we live our lives. Our actions should reflect the love, compassion, and forgiveness that Jesus embodied. We should strive to be like Christ in our daily lives, in the way we treat others, and in the decisions we make.
According to Pew Research, “In 2019, born again believers represent about 43% of the total adult population when asked about their religion. That’s down about 10% from 10 years ago. That leaves about 57% of the U.S. population as unbelievers. Wow… I wonder why our country is declining. Many have never step foot in a church or heard the Good News.
However, the reality is that many people who identify as Christians do not live according to the teachings of Christ. Instead, they live according to their own desires, values, and beliefs, and only pay lip service to their faith. They may go to church on Sundays, but their behavior the rest of the week does not reflect the values of their faith.
This is not to say that Christians are perfect, and that we will never make mistakes or fall short of the ideal. But it is important to recognize that our behavior matters, and that our actions speak louder than our words. We must strive to live a life that is consistent with our faith, and that reflects the love and grace of God. We are a silent witness to all who is around us.
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do theylight a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men,that they may see your good works andglorify your Father in heaven.“
As Christians, we are called to be a light in the world, to shine the love and truth of Christ to those around us. We should be known for our good deeds, our love for others, and our willingness to serve and sacrifice for those in need. Our lives should be a reflection of Christ, and our actions should inspire others to seek him and follow his teachings.
Let me ask this, do others see Christ in your life? Do our friends, family, and coworkers see us as kind, compassionate, and forgiving? Do they see us as people who embody the values of our faith, even when it is difficult or unpopular? Do they see us as people who are willing to stand up for what is right, even when it comes at a cost?
If you are not sure how others see us, it’s time for us to examine our own hearts and lives. Are we living according to the teachings of Christ, and are we seeking to grow in our faith and knowledge of him? Are we spending time in prayer, reading the Bible, and being part of a community of believers (Church) who support and encourage us in our walk with God?
Christ told us we need to Love one another. John 14:34, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” Jesus loved as so much that He gave His life on the cross to help us with our sin problem.” One of the ways we show our love for Christ is by witnessing to others… both by voice and the way we live.
Mark 16:15 Jesus tells us, – “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.“
In closing, do you live the life that reflects God’s love? Is your life a living witness? That kind of love starts with a relationship with God. So, how is your relationship with God?
Please… if you don’t know Christ or have fallen away, please pray… Tell God you believe His Son Jesus paid for your sins and arose from the grave. Tell God you are sorry and want to start Living for Him. He will forgive your sins and mistakes and give you Everlasting Life with Him… and place His Spirit deep within your heart. In 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” and in Romans 10:9 tells us, that “if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; “
Once God’s love fills your heart, it will spill over into the world around us, and you will be the light of the world.
If you would like for me to pray with you, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentPromises.com. May God Bless and Keep! Let your light shine brightly!!!
I thank you for reading my blog. I do not claim to be any expert or affiliated with any religious organization. All I can say is that I’m affiliated with my Lord Jesus Christ. This is one man’s opinion and observation. My hope is I stirred up some thoughts for you to think about. There is one place where we can find all the answers to life. That road map is Commonly known as the Bible. If you want the answers to life all you have to do is read. If you would like me to pray with you or want to send a comment, please email me at Bob.L@magnificentpromises.com
For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16