It may be very easy to mis-portray spiritual realities through thoughtless actions. Thoughtless actions can have big consequences. Getting impatient with my brother at the library easily portrays the idea that there is nothing different about me than anyone else in the world. Serving others with a sigh and unpleasant attitude easily portrays the idea that I only serve because I have to, that my King isn’t so great that I desire to serve out of love for Him. As Christians, there’s a responsibility to portray Christ, and His work in our lives, correctly to the world.
Simply by calling myself a Christian I’m trying to say a lot of things…that Jesus Christ is Lord, that I am a new creation in Christ, that I have died to sin, and list could go on. So, I have to live in a way that shows the world the truth of these facts. It’s a big responsibility that affects all aspects of one’s life. These truths need to be proclaimed through the way we talk, the way we dress, the way we love others, the way we spend our time and money—ultimately the way we live out every single thing in our entire lives.
Jesus Christ is Lord…I want it to be an unmistakable reality in my life that the world can’t deny.
When I make a mistake that involves incorrectly publishing the date of my sister’s birthday it doesn’t really matter. I’m sure it wasn’t worth the worry I spent over such a trivial mistake. For two days some of you thought Bethany’s birthday was on the 10th, which resulted in some earlier birthday wishes, resulting further in an even happier sister. Not a problem.
But if I mis-portray to lost friends and a lost world the reality of Christ’s lordship (or any other truth) there is a problem. Since they say actions speak louder than words, I want to give careful attention to living out my salvation accurately before the world.
How about you? :)