I found this picture on the web (look to your left). It shows an outline of a “Jesus” silhouette. It’s a great representation of how the church really is. Many think the church is a building. In reality, it’s each and every one of us. In following this thought process, we see that the body of Christ or the Church is represented very differently. Just look around and you’ll find that there are 41,000 Christian denominations. Don’t be fooled, not everyone claiming to be Christian is in fact a Christian. When they or we act un-Christ-like, we do a disservice to our Lord. To look at this a bit different and to personalize it, lets look at ourselves.
What fills your mind? Psalm 19:14 reminds us to “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.” Some times an idle mind can go to places it shouldn’t. Different Scriptures encourages us to think on the holy things of the bible. This doesn’t mean we can’t think of, lets say…baseball. We don’t have to think about the bible 24/7. However, we shouldn’t neglect thinking about the bible 25/8!
What do you look at? Ask yourself: “Am I filling my mind with soft porn (that goes for you to ladies)?” “Do I look at more vampire, zombie and sexually perverted things than I spend time in learning about my Lord?” “Are these some appropriate web sites that I’m looking out?”
What words comes out of my mouth? Jesus told us we should mean what we say. Our word should be a our bound Our yes should mean yes. In another area, “Am I using a lot of profanity on Facebook?” I have a Christian friend who has been using a lot of profanity on Facebook lately. Is this appropriate? Ok, you get the point. Let our conversations be filled with love.
What do you listen to? Should I only listen to Christian music? There are arguments on both sides. What about gossip? Now, that’s clear-cut. Several places in the bible talks about us not engaging in this sort of behavior. This one isn’t that complicated.
What are your hands doing? What are you touching? When was the last time you picked up your bible? Not too long ago I had a discussion with a professing Christian. She got caught taking a five-finger discount from a department store. In other words, she was stealing.
Are you doing everything “as unto the Lord?” By the way, where is that Scripture found? Seriously, let me know and I’ll tell you if you’re right. 🙂 It’s a really good motivational Scripture.
Where is your heart? Do you love the Lord? Are you showing Him and the world that you love Him? Are you living right? If you’re following our Lord’s Word, then you’ll be living right. I fail….often.This doesn’t mean that I can continue to fail. I have to repent and continue on my spiritual walk with Him. I’m glad I have a God who knows my shortcomings.
Where do your feet go? My wife and I were living in Panama. This guy wanted to “hook me up.” He gave me a Platinum card to, as he said, “a high place establishment.” That’s code for strip bar. There are some places Christians shouldn’t go. Obviously, if I went to the place I would’ve conducted a bible study. No? I didn’t think so either. We don’t want our good to be evil spoken of. Where is that Scripture?
In all the things we just discussed…love is the thing that knits them all together. We are to embody God’s love to the world. If we don’t show them love, we might not be able to show them Christ. Maintain your Christian standards but understand they don’t know anything about God and His Word. Consequentially, change your approach but don’t twist the Word in order to appease them. Once they see how you’re living for the Lord, perhaps they’ll want to learn more about our Lord. Remember, we’re all the body of Christ.
What if you’ve messed up on any of the things we’ve discussed? Stay in the fight. God won’t let you go. Keep on with your walk. You’ll get better by the day! I’m pulling for you.