Is Jesus shining through us when we’re paying attention? Alright, how about when we’re not paying attention? Can he still be seen through us by our actions, morals, or words? Because whether we can see people watching and taking note or not, they are.
Do you reflect Christ Jesus, or are you reflecting what you’re supposed to be set free from? Do people get a glimpse of Jesus when they see you, or do they find more reason to walk farther away from the Lord?
3 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Christians – What does the world see?
I’ve heard it said: Sometimes the only Jesus people will ever see, is the Jesus in you, and the Jesus in me. I’ve always liked that little saying, because as simple as it sounds it is both true and profound (as far as I’m concerned). For us who are Born Again, we should be abiding in Christ Jesus.
1 John 2:
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
I have thrown a video together that acknowledges a couple of circumstances that (in my view) would cause people to walk farther from the Lord if they were on the fence. Watch the video and leave a comment below answering this question…
If you weren’t saved but were open to the idea, perhaps feel the tug of the Holy Ghost (without knowing it), what would your response be to these kinds of actions in the Church?
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12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.
Man will Always Disappoint
As Christians we know through the Word of God to keep our eyes on Christ, and to will to be more like him. But people who don’t have Christ, and have not learned that piece of information through the Bible aren’t doing that. Instead they look to us, supposing us to be Ambassadors of Christ. And when they look, what do they see? You be the judge of that.
It’s one thing to offend someone because the Word of God is an offense, and the truth is often an offense. They don’t like the Word of God or choose not to believe, whatever the case may be. Some people will reject the Lord even if he manifested in front of them. That’s on their heads. That’s one thing…
It’s something completely different for people to be offended or put off from having Christ in their lives because of a teacher’s iniquities. We’re warned about the way the Lord views those of us who teach.
1 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.
Greater condemnation for what? To make the answer simple, misrepresenting he whom we should be serving. Not merely stifling the ones who are in your charge, but also causing others to err and walk farther away. Because if people mistake our exposed nerves and iniquities for the nature and character of Christ, then we are in effect doing the work of the enemy for him.
24 For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.
So when the world looks at you, does it see an Ambassador of Christ, or a slice of itself with a Christian wrapper? As Ambassadors of Christ, we represent the Kingdom of Heaven, not this world. Be honest with yourself, because if you can’t be honest with yourself about your walk with the Father, who can you be honest with?
Nobody’s ever perfect, but we’re a work in progress until we one day stand before God Almighty. I’ve found in the past 25-30 years or so, whenever I feel comfortable enough in my walk in the Lord, and wind up with that “I’m all set” kind of way of thinking about things, that’s when I’m put to the test somehow and wind up learning that I was never “all set.”
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