Friday, May 30, 2014
What an amazing thought that we as Christians are a representation of the holiness of God to those we come into contact with. It poses the question, "Do others really see Jesus Christ in us"? The church needs to be Gospel centric in everything we do. The Gospel is our mission each and every day. Yet, how well do others see the church in a positive light through us?
In the book of James, he challenges believers not to be "foolish"--or literally a hollow person, believing that by claiming to be a Christian is sufficient (James 2:20, "You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless?"). Depth of Christian character and authenticity in our daily living will revolutionize the world. I want to be the church in my community and not only attend the church in my community. My claims of Christianity do so little apart from genuine, loving action. My days are certainly numbered--as are yours. I'm learning to pray as the psalmist, "Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom" (Psalm 90:12). One day we will no longer be able to labor for Christ but will have to answer for our lack of work on earth for Him. I pray that I would live "to the praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1:12).
LET'S BE THE CHURCH TOGETHER AND MAKE THE GOSPEL KNOWN!