When people look at you, what do they see staring back? What qualities do people see in you?
As followers of Christ, we are called to act as the hands and feet of Jesus. To be a representative of Him in all we do, and to all we are in contact with. So, if you’re the only “Jesus” some people might see, what will their picture of Jesus look like? Are you reflecting Him in your actions?
I know this is a hard thing for me to swallow at times. Do I truly reflect Jesus well? No, not all the time. Does this mean our lives are going to be perfect 100% of the time? Absolutely not. However, what we ARE promised is One who is, and always will remain faithful. We should strive to act as He would act, and treat others with the grace he so often displays for each and every one of us.
When you don’t agree with someone, take a brief pause and ask yourself how Jesus might respond. Would He respond in anger, ensuring He got the last word, and was right – no matter the consequence? You see, I don’t think so. I think Jesus operates in more grace than we can fathom. I, for one, am beyond grateful for His never-ending love and grace. A practical example of this would be peoples thoughts and opinions during these upcoming elections. Simply log into Twitter, or go play on Facebook. You, if you’re anything like me, will see countless posts about whichever convention was being watched at the time – and consequently the follies of either side. If you wear the name of a Christ Follower, take a brief moment to just ponder how your post and/or reply to others will look. With regards to all things religion, don’t engage in heated, divisive, and at times hurtful debates. Let the truths of His word speak for itself. Let Jesus shine through you, not in spite of you!
Please don’t think I’m pointing fingers at anyone, or at any group. I am not. I’m merely sharing what’s on my heart, as it relates to me. I know I’ve been guilty as charged time and time again. All I can do is pray God can use whatever situation to shine His light, and to share His love and hope to a hurting, hungry and thirsty world!