Are you red-hot for the Lord or is there a cloud of smoke hiding your identity in the Lord? As the questions asks, “If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough proof to convict you?” Sobering, isn’t it?
Does your Christianity show? I’m not talking about bumper stickers or Jesus bracelets. I’m talking about your actions that everyone can see. Are you kind and generous, loving and forgiving? Do you prefer others? These are all traits of a godly person, which show the love of God. That’s how people are going to know we’re Christians—by our love for one another.
Our Christianity shouldn’t be a “church only” Christianity. It should be a way of life showing forth the love of God and thus drawing people to the Lord. When people come in contact with us, it should be for good. We should be different from the everyday, run-of-the-mill person.
Now, I’m not talking about being obnoxious and over-bearing. Yes, I think we’ve all encountered those people. That doesn’t glorify the Lord. In fact, it causes people to want to avoid us at all costs. Let’s not be like that.
We need to let our light shine. And this is the season to do it. Christmas is a time when many people are more open to the Lord than at other times during the year. Many don’t even know why they’re celebrating the season. We can tell them – Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
This is the season for giving because God gave His very BEST so that we could get back in fellowship with Him. And even though there are many ways to express love, the greatest expression of love is giving. Let’s give Jesus to those within our realm of influence, not just now, but throughout the whole year.
John 13:35 (KJV) 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Matthew 5:16 (KJV) 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
John 3:16 (KJV) 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a (AMP) 4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].
6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.
7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].
8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]