The best vitamin for a Christian is; B1.
What do we mean by this? Let’s put it to you this way; do the people in your life know you’re a Christian because you tell them, or because you act like one?
Christians Are To Be The Light
Being saved is just the beginning of our walk with Christ. That’s because, once we’re saved, we bear the responsibility to learn who we are, and live a life that reflects what we believe.
Truth be told, whether we like it or not, HOW we live, SHOWS the world who we really are!
Matthew 5:14-19 NLT Says: “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
When we live what we believe in our day-to- day life, our life will shine God’s light in the dark places around us.
This means when we don’t agree with others; how we communicate our position, reflects who we are. How we respond to tragedy, reflects who we are.
That sounds easier said than done. However, too many times as a believer, we either don’t engage to keep the peace, or we get caught up in the moment and engage unbecomingly.
While one may think not engaging would be better, we want to remind you that we are to be holy and set apart, but not absent.
Set A Part Not Absent
Yes, it is true that we live in this world, but we are not from, or of this world (John 15:19). Nor will we be exempt from trials or tribulations. If that were the case, the Bible would not instruct us to count it all joy when we fall into trials.
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” ~ James 1:2 (NKJV)
You see, our circumstances don’t separate us from the world, our behavior does.
How you respond to trials and tribulations that are common to man, will either shine light or darkness to the world around you.
We are told in 1 Peter 1 to be holy in all manner of living. Which means, everything we do should be righteous before God and the world.
If we remove ourselves from the world, how can God’s light be seen? Better yet, if we remove ourselves from world, where is our mission field?
“But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living.” ~ 1 Peter 1:15 (AMPC)
In The End
As we consider these things ourselves, what comes to mind is a a quote our beloved mentor used to recite often from St. Francis which said; “preach the gospel everyday, use words only when necessary.”
When we first heard this, we felt convicted to become consciously aware to live what we believe. We wanted to be intentional in HOW we lived, pointing others to Christ.
We know, some may say; how do you share the good news without speaking to people? And we would agree. Yes, you do have to communicate the good news.
However, the essence here is to be God’s light, we can’t just tell people about the good news, we have to LIVE the good news. Because the truth is, we might be the only Jesus people will see.
So in closing, we ask you again respectfully; do the people in your life know you’re a Christian because you tell them, or because you act like one?
~ André and Timberley Gray