How do you explain to someone why you believe what you believe? Or how do you explain to the unbelievers what a wonderful life you have since becoming a Christian? Or do you even have to open your mouths? Do they even have to ask you what is different since you became a Christian?
In my case, I do not have to open my mouth to those who knew me before. They can see the change in me, and see how much better my life is with the LORD in it. Now for those, who did not know the old me, they may have to ask sometimes. And for that I am ashamed. But I do the best that I can and try to stay on course with my daily walk with the LORD.
My biggest struggle as I am sure is for the rest of you as well, is not being goaded into defending myself, or my faith. We should be able to walk around with our heads held high, not in a haughty attitude but in a joyful atttitude, knowing that our God will supply all of our needs, and He will take care of our problems that try to bring us down.
Do we live what we preach? I am ashamed again to say not always. There are times that I could have been in the house of God worshiping with other believers giving Him praise, and I chose to stay home or go somewhere and do what I wanted to do instead.
We are not perfect, but we do need to show change. We do need to be able to explain our Christian Hope without even having to say a word. We do need to live our lives so that others will want what we have. Joy and Hope in Christ.
How do you explain? Have you made any changes? If we were all thrown into a room and no one could say a word, and we were to be divided up into two teams, one the Christian side, and the other side, the ones who do not know Jesus yet. Just by how people see you behave everyday at work or at school, which side would you be chosen for? Or better yet, if God didn't choose you because you prayed the sinner's prayer, but because you gave your life to Jesus and made Him LORD of your life. If He had to choose you by your actions, and the way you live your everyday life, (not just your going to church on Sunday, there are 6 more days in a week) would He have a clear enough picture of you to be able to choose you to be on His Son's side? Or would your actions cause doubt? Could your co-workers or your classmates tell for sure which side you were going to be chosen for if you could not speak?
1 Pet. 3 v 13-17.....And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? but even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you are blessed. and do not be afraid of their threats nor be troubled. But sanctify the LORD GOD in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God to suffer for doing good than for doing evil......
So, I ask you again, do the people around you everyday see Christ in you, or do they just see your flesh? Do they see the hope and joy of your salvation showing through? What do they see? Whose side would they believe you to be on?
RTB...2 Kings 4-6
We need to catch up
We are in 1 Chron 1-3