Throughout history, there are people who have given Christians a bad name. In the name of Christ or the Church, people have hurt and killed. People have wounded hearts by professing to live as a Christian, yet not following the way Christ showed us to live. Due to these incidents and society’s refusal to realize that there is a God, the world’s idea of what Christianity is completely misses the mark. When people think of Christianity, they often think of an antiquated way of living. They don’t think of the freedom in Christ, or the eternal life that Christians look forward to living with the Author of our lives and with those who have gone before us. They don’t think of the fact that Someone (2000 years ago) was literally laying His life down for them, enduring unfathomable suffering so that they may have eternal life.
By my life, I pray that the world sees what Christianity really is. When witnessing the way I react to life’s struggles, I pray that people realize Who gives me strength. When things work out beyond human comprehension, I pray that they look to the One Who made it happen and see that He will do it for them, too. I strive to live in joy and love at all times, though these are things that I must lean on Jesus Christ in order to do. When I can forgive my enemies and even love them, I pray that they see where that strength comes from. Being a Christian does not mean that we are exempt from the struggles of being a human being. It does mean that we have God and our family of faith to lean on. Being a Christian means being able to make meaning out of our lives, and to realize that there is more than this earthly life awaiting us.
Recently, a friend talked highly of a restaurant nearby. I had never tried it, though I’d driven past it dozens of times. We ate at the restaurant and had a blast, catching up on life and sharing deep insights. We shared how God is reaching out to us in the midst of
our sorrows and joys. I feasted on plantains, yucca fries, and a fish taco. I now look forward to visiting that restaurant and making it more of a part of my routine. How have many people become Christians? Because someone shared the Gospel with them. They were then able to experience a life lived in Jesus Christ for themselves. Had my friend not mentioned the restaurant, I would have continued to drive past it without a second thought. Without our lives and our words evidencing the power of the Gospel, people will continue to breeze past a life in Christ, having misconceptions about Jesus and remaining captive to their worldly ways of living.
Every day, we have opportunities to show the world Who Jesus Christ really is. Holy Spirit, fall afresh on us and guide us every day to witness to Your miracles and life-changing power! Allow us to witness countless hearts healed and lives transformed by You. Thank You, Lord! We pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.