In the evenings, Brian and I enjoy playing games on our tablets. Brian leans towards word games while I take the less challenging route of matching games! However, I recently downloaded a game entitled, "Find The Differences", and that's exactly what it is!
Two real life pictures matched side by side that look identical, but there are differences which you must locate in a certain amount of time.
Some are quite obvious. Others not so much.
There are times when I must use the clues provided to spot the differences, and even then they're still quite difficult to see!
I shared all that because as I was playing the game one evening, the Lord reminded me of the difference we as believers are to be making out in the world.
Would those who don't know Christ as their personal Saviour be able to spot the differences in us as believers?
What a very
That question was also based upon the guy up on the roof who whistled all day long! You know the guy from last week's post! I told you he made an impact on me! And you and I are impacting the lives of others, as well, whether we are aware of it or not!
People are watching us!
If others know we're believers they're taking "extra" notice of us!
Watching how we live
Where we go
What we do
What we say
What we DON'T say
What kind of things we post on social media
If we whistle or if we complain
Wanting to know if there REALLY is a difference.
As I was doing research for this post I came across the following,
"Do we as believers really stop to think about how we are representing our Lord and Saviour, the One Who gave His life for ours so that we could be set free from our sins and live with Him in Heaven throughout all eternity?"
"Do we ever think about how the things we do and say will affect non-believers?"
More than likely most of us are mindful of what our church family and other Christian friends think about our conduct, but what about how the non-believers are viewing our lives?
Are they able to spot the differences?
We need to remember we are walking, talking representatives for our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
“He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.”
I John 2:6
How about when Christians take to social media just to criticize and tear apart other Christians or anyone for that matter?
How about that off-color joke the believer tells during lunch break?
What if I began using curse words, gossip and ripping people up right here on this website?
First off, I would hope, Lord willing, some of you would call me out on it! But what would the non-believing world think?
I'd just be showing them that there's really no difference when you live your life for Jesus!
On the way home from our truck date Brian and I take a detour and stop at a liquor store. A few hours later we're pulled over by the police and Brian is arrested for drunk driving.
I cringe at the thought of making the phone call to our son to give him that news and subsequently hearing our precious nine-year old granddaughter say, "I thought Pops and Grammy loved Jesus!"
What about when my lost family members find out? These are the ones who have shunned me for the way I live my life for the Lord.
Now what would they have to say?
How about Brian's co-workers who know and respect his Christian testimony?
Now how would they view his testimony for the Lord?
So as believers
are we supposed
to be perfect?
In fact, it's impossible to live the Christian life apart from surrendering DAILY, and even moment by moment, to the power of the Holy Spirit Who indwells every believer.
We are all guilty of doing and saying things that are wrong, but we need to seriously think about how these things are affecting the non-believers who hear and see them.
Non-believers should be able to look at us and wonder what it is that we have, and how they can get it!
They NEED to be able to spot the differences!
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
This is another statement I found while researching,
"When people were asked to describe Christians, adjectives like, judgmental, hypocritical, close-minded, insensitive, too critical and too political were most often cited."
That right there
is an EXTREMELY
sad and sobering
What non-believers should be seeing displayed in believers is,
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law."
People need to clearly be able to spot the differences!
What's one thing I can purpose, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to change in my life today that would cause others to notice a difference in the way in which I live, and in doing so, cause them to want to know WHO is making that difference in my life?
What's one thing you can purpose, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to change in your life today that would cause others to notice a difference in the way in which you live, and in doing so, cause them to want to know WHO is making that difference in your life?
I must tell you this was the most DIFFICULT post I have written thus far!
Because I NEVER EVER want to come across as being "preachy".
I'm a student of the Word, NOT a preacher of the word!
It's also a very convicting post!
PLEASE know before I ever shared any of these words with all of you, I spoke them to myself numerous times!
I heard the following song for the very first time the other day. I was searching through YouTube looking for just the right one to share, and after hearing this, I knew the Lord had led me to it! And then to see that the title is, "Different", well let's just say, there's NO coincidences with the Lord!
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