Have you ever considered what people “see” when they see you? These days a person can get a pretty good idea about what’s important to you just by looking at your social media. In my earlier, more defiant years, I couldn’t have cared less what anyone else thought about me or my posts! However, today, in light of the Gospel, I am very concerned about how others perceive me because I lay claim to belonging to Christ. We are in an age unlike any other in history, with an ever-growing internet in a country that affords its citizens freedom to say whatever is on their minds. If you’re a Christian, then the expression, “Just because I can, doesn’t mean I should,” applies now more than ever! We have to be careful about appropriating our rights as Americans to our relationship with Jesus and our citizenship in the Kingdom of God because some American freedoms just don’t transfer over to what it means and looks like to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught that we will be held accountable for every careless word we speak. How we live, love and talk is being watched by the world that sees us and our social media, and it’s Jesus’ reputation that we put at stake when we claim to know Him, yet don’t represent His values. If we are known for our politics, projects and playtime more than for our allegiance to the King of kings and The Lord of lords, then something is very wrong. So, what do others see when they look at your social media? Do they see someone who is opinionated, combative, worldly, religious or hypocritical? We can’t change the world for Christ if we are emulating the same behaviors and attitudes of the world. Christian, make sure you’re not using your influence and voice to advance your politics, denominational fratricide, Americanism, ethnic/racial identity or even gender issues RATHER THAN the Gospel, Kingdom of God and Name of Jesus! When we do this we become a stumbling block to others. You might not care about that, but Jesus certainly does. Christian, we need to stop it and start representing Jesus’ interests instead of the world’s.
One of things I miss most about the church I grew up in is the “Testimony Service.” During service the floor would be opened for anyone to publicly share a testimony of what God was doing in their life. Though I didn’t fully understand the importance of this practice back then, I was always greatly impacted by people sharing their God story. I think we need continue to impact people in that way, and Read More
One of the key components in our Christian race is the Lordship of Jesus Christ because, well, Jesus is Lord. But oftentimes the way we live our everyday Christian lives does not reflect that Jesus is actually ruling and reigning over us. If you have been to Operation Train Up a Woman then you know that there are four primary modes or ways in which we live our lives: the reaction mode (circumstances rule),Read More