"Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time..."
What do Tim Tebow, Kirk Cameron, and Amy Grant have in common? What about Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Charlie Sheen? The answer... all of these people claim to be followers of Christ. I’m pretty sure the first three people came as no surprise since they have all been outspoken about their Christian faith. However, the last three people probably caught most of you off-guard since it seems like we hear more about the scandals and controversies they are involved in rather than how they strive to live a spirit-filled life.
In my circle of friends, often when a celebrity dies we find ourselves asking, “Were they a Christian?” In fact, just a few months ago with Dick Clark’s passing I personally found myself Googling his information. As I sat there reading Dick’s biography (the answer is yes by the way), I was taken back that I actually had to look it up. What I came to realize is this. If how we live our lives is not evidence enough about our walk with Christ, what does this say about us who call ourselves Christians?
The Bible is pretty clear on this subject. Being a Christian is not about blending in with the crowd or striving for the trappings of this world. On the contrary, the Bible tells us that although we have to live in the world, being a Christ follower, “Is not of the world” (John 15:19). For we are called to live set apart lives, “But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do” (1 Peter 1:15). Unfortunately today, there are many people that claim to be a Christian, yet it’s hard to find any distinction between them or the other unbeliever on the street; they simply blend in with the rest of the crowd. I believe this is the primary reason that so many people scoff at Christianity today. If we are called to be “set apart,” then why are we more concerned with blending in with the crowd?
If we truly believe what Paul tells us in Ephesians, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works” (Ephesians 2:8-9), then why are we not accomplishing the good works that God prepared in advance for us to do? As true Christ followers, we should not be worried about obtaining that new car or the great new promotion our neighbor just received. Do you actually believe that gets God’s attention? No! What gets God’s attention is being such a witness for Jesus Christ that people stop and take notice. Not because we’re standing on a street corner wearing a neon sign while yelling, “Jesus loves you!” but because we actually “walk the walk.” We not only say we’re Christians, but we live what we preach and preach what we live. All of this adds up to a life-style that is distinctly different from that of our non-believing secular neighbor’s. As I close let me leave you with this thought. If you have friends or co-workers that would be shocked to find out that you are a Christian, maybe its time you quit putting on a fake look. Think about it, isn't there a problem when people only know you’re a Christian based upon what you post on Facebook?
Building HIS Kingdom One Soul at a Time...