No, this post is not going to be whining about how Christians have gotten a bad rap or are unfairly represented or blah blah blah. My goal, actually, is to join in the chorus of people calling us out. Why? Because the Bible tells us to. First of all, Jesus is very blunt when He tells us that we will be disliked and mistreated because of Him. We just gotta suck it up and deal with that. But we are also told to keep each other accountable as fellow believers. That’s what I want to do now (and I do this knowing there are people who do this for me).
So with love in my heart as a sister in Christ – if you are a professing believer in Jesus Christ, I have a question for you:
How did you do today?
Just sit for a moment and reflect on this day. What if today you came into contact with someone who would never see another Christ follower in their life, were you a good example of what exactly that means and looks like?
Did your words breathe of life and joy and affirmation and encouragement?
Or perpetually grieved and offended?
Were you different than anyone else?
Or did you completely blend in?
Were you a light shining in the darkness?
Or Were you yourself engrossed in the pleasures of the world?
Were you actively defending the underdog and reaching out a hand to the downtrodden?
Or were you too busy to even notice them? Or even worse, were you worried what people might think?
Were you serving the Lord with a grateful heart?
Or did you grumble through your day, complaining just a loud as everyone else?
Was your focus on building His kingdom and storing up treasures in heaven?
Or has selfish ambition overshadowed God’s perfect plan?
These thoughts came to me as I was preparing for a Bible study tonight and I gotta say, it stopped me in my tracks. “What if today…” Because for me, on this day, the answer to the non-italicized questions was mostly “No.” #convicted!
But I firmly believe that conviction through the Holy Spirit makes us better, makes us adjust our priorities, and will open up our hearts (for the first time or maybe the 100th time) to the possibility that God’s plan for us is far better than our plan. Conviction gets us back on track. Helps us see our situation from a different perspective. Sometimes makes it clear just how far we have wandered. It reminds us that serving Him is far more fulfilling than anything the world could offer. That in losing ourselves to find Him, we actually find out who we were always meant to be. And isn’t that a great feeling and a great place to be?
Well, guess what, someone else is longing for that feeling. Someone you know feels worthless, tired, hated, persecuted, lonely, confused, condemned, not good enough. There are people fighting deep inner battles or struggling with addiction or people who see themselves as worthless or disposable. This. Should. Break. Our. Hearts. Someone out there needs you to up your game. I know I certainly an going to.
Let’s do this!