One dog is sitting practically on my head. One is on my legs. The computer in my lap…Chili in the crock pot. The sound of the water running into the aquarium beside me.
There are to-do lists. Places to be. Schedules to keep.
But first, a message to share.
The messages that I share with y’all come to me at the strangest times and places. I’m sure that my other “writer” friends can relate. Especially when it comes to sharing the message that God lays on my heart to share. Sometimes I put it off due to the fact that it seems strange to me. That’s just how it is. I don’t even know why I am writing on a certain topic sometimes…other than the fact that I JUST HAVE TO.
You may not like what I’m sharing today. That’s okay. I don’t write for the approval of man..I only write for God. So, I offer no apologies today. I do love you all though and that’s another reason that I choose to share the hard truths.
I was getting dressed yesterday and this title pops in my head: “FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE” , Then little details and thoughts start emerging.
~ Does your (my) appearance on Social Media match your (my) appearance in person ?
(and I’m not talking about our profile pictures)
~ Do you (I) talk BIG on FB or Twitter or wherever else, and sit in a corner talking to nobody in public ?
~ Do you (I) profess Jesus all over the Social Networks and project another image in other settings ?
~ Does your (my) walk match your (my) talk or text or tweet or post ?
~ Do you (I) wear your (my) “Christian” t-shirt in public and act like the devil at home ?
~ Do you (I) wear your (my) “Christian” t-shirt in public and put the word “Christian” to shame ?
~ Do you (I) post Bible verses online but never really open your Bible to study it and read it and learn?
Just some thoughts. For all of us to soak on…marinate in. Just being real. Because it MATTERS.
We are the only BIBLES that some people ever read. (Yes, that is someone else’s quote)
It matters how we represent our Jesus.
My pastor said something that really struck me last week during the message. He said that we have really messed up the word: CHRISTIAN. It basically means nothing anymore.
See there are people that say “I’m a CHRISTIAN” and yet they really aren’t. Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian. The fact that your parents made you go your whole life doesn’t make you a Christian. Doing good things doesn’t make you a Christian. Knowing about Jesus doesn’t make you a Christian. Wearing a Christian t-shirt doesn’t make you a Christian. Posting bible verses doesn’t make you a Christian.
So, what makes you a Christian? I mean a REAL AUTHENTIC TRUE FOLLOWER OF CHRIST?
Jesus is what makes you a CHRISTIAN. Knowing HIM and HIM knowing you. It takes FAITH. It takes surrender. It takes admitting that you are a sinner and that you NEED HIM. It takes faith and believing that Jesus is the Son of God. It takes confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior.
John 3:16,17 (NIV) ~ For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
It’s simple. Yet we make it hard.
Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean you are all done. It is a daily surrender and choice to FOLLOW God. To learn and study and read The Word. It’s vital that those of us who ARE Christians disciple new Christians or Christians that are not as mature in their walk as they could be. It’s vital that we serve like Jesus.
It takes water for a seed to grow.
Hebrews 5:13,14 (NIV) ~ Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But the solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Let’s get to watering! Let’s be real and be willing to make sure that our walk is matching our “talk”. It matters. People are watching. Big people and Little people.
Now, I did not say that we have to be “PERFECT”…I just mean that we have to stop pretending that we are. ( I’ll be the first person to tell you that “I AM NOT PERFECT” and “I FAIL DAILY”… I mean…even writing this post is hard for me..because I know that I am not perfect.)
Leaving you with these two verses…
James 2:17 (NIV) ~ In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
1 John 3:18 (NIV) ~ Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Until Next Time…Seeking to Shine,