What does my character say of me? I remember a time when it was an honor and a privilege to be counted among those who claim to be Christians, even when you were not. I remember telling others why I could not do something or go to a particular event, because I was a Christian, only to hear, “I am a Christian too, but….”. The very thought of not being part of that particular group was not acceptable to them.
As a Christian, I need to live an extraordinary life, because I serve an Extra-Ordinary God. My actions need to lead others to the throne of God, rather than away from it. When I claim Christ as my Lord and Savior, there are expectations of me involved. People expect me to live a particular lifestyle, one that is distinctly opposite to theirs, if they are not saved. Consistent actions define my character, it tells others who I am, what I think, what I believe.
We live in a world now, where no one wants to be called a Christian. They do not even want to be associated with anything Christ-like. Today, the very term ‘Christian’ is being redefined, to suit the desires of the world; the standards are being lowered to accommodate the desires. We live in a world, where very little is expected of and from a Christian. Who is responsible for this? We are! We have compromised the Word of God to such an extent, that there is now, little or no difference between a child of a Loving and Holy God and the child of the world.
Jesus Christ lived a very different kind of life while on earth. He said we are in the world, but not of it (John 17:16). He gave specific directives for our new life in Him, all throughout Scripture. He tells us how to walk along this journey (Philippians 4:8,9) and He has promised to be right there with us (Hebrews 13:5,6).
Let us begin again, the world is watching. They need Hope, they need Peace, yes, they need Love, but His name is Jesus Christ.