2003-03-13 - Are you Accurate?
I recently went to a service at my church and God spoke to me through our youth pastor's words. I am not really sure if what I figured out was part of his sermon. I have been really frustrated with Christians who have been "corrupted" by society. When we accept the label "Christian", we must accept the responsibility that God has laid upon us. In Matthew 28:16-20, Jesus gives us the Great Commission. He tells us to "go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
We must act as Jesus would act, and do what Jesus would do. I know all of you have seen those bracelets that say "What would Jesus do?" But as we all know, the best way to answer a question is with another question. So I ask you, "How can you do what Jesus would do, if you don't know what Jesus did?" We must study the Bible and figure out what it says, because when we go into the world and make disciples of all nations, we have to act in a Biblical way. Because I believe that the single most effective way to make atheists is for Christians to come to church and praise God with their tongues. Then go into the world and go about their business forget God. Because that, I believe, is what a unbelieving world, finds unbelievable.
"Our lives may be the only Bible some people will ever read." So why would we risk going into our society and acting in a way that does not agree with the Bible? By acting in an ungodly way in front of non-believers, we preach lies. There is nothing that frustrates me more than Christians who praise God at church, then go into the world, with crosses around their necks, and do ungodly things. How can we say that we are God's light for this world, yet we do ungodly things. Yeah I know a lot of you just thought, "we all sin, we can't help it." I know that we all sin, what frustrates me are the sins we choose to commit. Like gossip, like engaging in sexual acts, like cussing. Whatever it is.
Like all of these devotionals I write, this is a personal thing that you have to be able to figure out between you and God. You have to decide whether do what the Bible says is important to you. You have to decide whether providing a godly example for non-believers is important, and whether what you do daily provides that godly example.
Is your life an accurate depiction of the Bible?
The Word of God, For the children of God, "Thanks be to God."
Love you all,