Having found Jesus is a beautiful thing. Your life seems to have meaning. You’ve seem to have found something that brings you great joy and happiness in a way you never thought possible.
Your loneliness and emptiness have disappeared. I know, I once experienced that loneliness and emptiness.
Anyone that has accepted Jesus in their heart is considered to be a follower of Jesus Christ. So, when anyone asks you “Are you a Christian?” certainly you’re going to reply, “yes, I am”.
Now there is a big responsibility in calling yourself a Christian. One needs to know that in calling yourself a Christian, you are representing the ministry that Jesus started. Not any of the churches that exist, but the ministry of Jesus Christ.
The danger of this is, is that by not living up to the standards of what Jesus laid out for us to follow we could very well give God a black eye.
Are You A Christian That Points Fingers?
People are going to be people, and if they see the opportunity to make themselves feel good about themselves, they will. Let’s face it people like to point fingers. Myself included.
When it comes to religion, non-believers will convince themselves of things like Christians are a bunch of hypocrites “why would I want to become one of them” or “look at the Catholic priests that are molesting little boys.”
What about the Muslims? Certainly they’re not all terrorists, yet have one come around and people begin to judge them without even getting to know them. We can argue that we are all human but in reality so wasn’t Jesus. Just saying.
People love dirty laundry. It seems that the worse it is, the better.
I’m definitely not denying that I haven’t been there myself pointing fingers. In fact, I point my finger at the Catholics a lot. I have a hard time believing they aren’t really worshiping Mary instead of Jesus.
And what about Jehovah Witnesses? I once heard another Christian say I hate them! Of-course I am positive Baptists get a lot of finger pointing in return.
But aren’t we supposed to love everyone regardless? Even people who don’t believe what we believe? We sure are?
Finger Pointing and Jesus Fishes
It seems like we need to do this, so that we can feel a little better about ourselves and not have to see who we really are. We can be quick to judge others, but when it comes to ourselves, forget it.
I once read somewhere that if we have a problem with someone it is actually our own insecurity that we are refusing to deal with. Ouch!
You have to remember that people are always watching you, especially when you are a Christian and you drive around with a Jesus Fish on your bumper.
Or in my case a huge decal on my back window that reads “Confessions Of A Baptist – Encouragement through Humble Confessions.”
Sometimes I wonder how many of those direct visitors to my Blog are actually looking for encouragement. And how many are just being nosy to see what juicy confessions I have confessed this week.
See, in a way I am pointing my finger. Assuming someone is going to find fault because I am a Christian. In all honesty, I fail every single day at being a Christian!
Non-believers aren’t so much waiting for you to slip up, but your conduct. If they see a mild mannered, polite, easy going person that is kind and considerate then that’s what they’re going to see. But if they see a rude, nasty, foul mouthed, angry person then that is what they will see you as.
It’s not so much as to be concerned about you calling yourself a Christian, but it would be better that they call you a Christian. That is what brings Glory to God and makes God smile.
The best thing for people to see in you is the good. No one wants to be considered evil, but who and what you are in God’s eyes is what really matters. And He is always watching even when no one else is.
I do a lot of driving everyday for work going from store to store. Some days are good and some days not so good.
I have days when I constantly beat myself up. I have busted my lip open so many times, a couple times I fell in the stores freezers leaving huge bruises on my thighs, and I even blacked my eye once. Just to name a few incidents.
My point is that on all those days I was either already in a bad mood or caught a bad mood. Which of course showed in my attitude. An attitude that customers could see through my tone and body language.
There is one day in particular I was having a really bad day and well God straightened my attitude right up! You can read the full story of How a Starbucks Coffee Changed My Attitude here.
If you don’t know me personally I am a very kind person, at least I am now, after walking with Jesus. However, this made me wonder how many people that know me actually know that I am a Christian.
I never talk about my faith with co-workers. Therefore, when they find out later on that I am a Christian, what are they thinking?
Of course this is why I decided, actually I felt pulled, to start this Blog. To share my faith. Since it is so hard for me to share verbally.
Being an introvert has its pros but it also has its cons, like sharing your faith. If you are an Introvert then I am sure you know where I’m coming from.
Non-Believers and Other Beliefs
I’m sure that there’s people that don’t know the Lord yet, saying things like, “look at that maniac and he’s supposed to be a Christian?” Whoops, there goes another black eye for God.
Do you to see what harm can be done through our actions? We really need to be cautious about how we represent ourselves and the church.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Baptist, like me, or a Methodists, Evangelist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Mormon, Lutheran, or any other belief such as a Jehovah Witness.
Even though we don’t all agree our actions alone show the world around us so much more than our words ever will.
We must be true to our belief and allow that to shine through us on a daily basis. It takes commitment and thinking and living on purpose but it can be done intentionally.
If you want to be humble and someone asks you if you are a Christian. Just tell them that your faith is in Jesus Christ, He is our Savior and that you try to follow Him as best as you can, but you are not without fault, which is what I am doing in this Blog.
Then when you do mess up, no one gets hurt. A Christian is a follower of Christ, a disciple. If you want to see what Jesus requires of one to be a disciple of His, look up these scriptures.
Luke 14:26,27, and 33
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