Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Post: “To Become a Walking Billboard for Christ”

How do people see Christ inside of us?

Is it in our actions, or the words we use?
What about our mannerisms??
Are we peaceful, happy, and content?
Do we speak, and show kindness??

I recently asked myself this question while walking through a major airport-
"When people look at me, do they see Christ?"

I once used to wear a special kind of necklace & cross-pendant wherever I went.
At some point, I had to remove it for airport security,
then when I went swimming, or took a shower.
But regardless of where I took it,
it always lived under my shirt,
never to be seen by anyone but me and my family.

Is this how we live out our faith in the “world”?
Keeping our light “hidden under a basket?”

Perhaps a better question is this...
How will I live out my faith
so that others know Christ lives in me?

It may sound trite, but I am not perfect everyday,
and so it becomes difficult to let others see me attempting to live for Christ,
because I am often do it so poorly
that I would never want to be seen as a fair representation of His holiness.

And so instead I fear to be a bad example,
and thus if you are like me... we hold our gifts back,
until we show others no representation of Jesus at all.

And therein lies the saddest part of being a follower of Christ:
afraid to live for God in any imperfect way,
we choose not to live for Him at all.

"The worst sorrows in life are not in its losses and misfortune, but its fears." - A. C. Benson

“No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” –Edmund Burke

My real fear is no longer that I will fail to live for Christ,
but that I will do it so timidly as to be ineffective.

And so I set before myself a minor challenge...
to wear a T-shirt that boldly tells others of my faith in Christ!

Any time I travel, and whenever the clean ones rotate through in my shirt drawer.

What does this do? It starts a conversation.
Allowing me to tell others about my belief in Christ’s redeeming love.
And then it begs one final question,
Can it change someone else?

The result is up to the work of the Holy Spirit in their life.
But by living out Christ, imperfectly, I can tell others how He saved me in my imperfection.
And that is where the riches of Gods love has no measure!
Regardless of how poorly I portray Him.

Next: The Real Results of being a Walking Billboard.

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