Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one Spirit with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”. Philippians 1:27 – 30
There is a shortage of practical Christians these days. By practical Christians, I mean Christians who practice their faith and are willing to share their faith with anyone who care to listen. Christianity is not a ‘religion’ as some may regard it, but a way of life. To be a Christian is to be a follower of Jesus Christ; it is to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. The disciples were first addressed as Christians in Antioch (Acts 11:26) because they saw in them the nature and character of Christ and concluded these ones must have been with Christ.
How many people can be called Christians today without a personal introduction and just by observing there way of life?
A story is told about three men who were rushing to catch a train and in the process, one of them ran into a young blind boy who was selling apples. The apples fell and scatter all over the place. Two of the men just continued to catch their train without thinking about the incident while one stopped to help the blind boy to pick the apples back into his tray. He also gave the boy some money that could easily pay for all the apples and perhaps more. The young boy went back home happy, elated and fulfilled. He announced to his folks that he saw Jesus at the train station.
Have people considered you to be a representative of Christ by your way of life, disposition or character? As true Christians, we should be Christ-like in all we do and in our relationships. One of the reasons there are more and more non-believers today is because the so-called Christians have not been able to make a difference to this present world. There are also some Christians who will rather hide their identity in other to be politically correct and not be termed an ‘extremist’.
We are called to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth so that people can glorify our Father who is in heaven (Matthew 5:13-14).
We stand to win many people to Christ if only we are Christians not just in word or in name alone but indeed and in truth.
We invite to please join us this month and the next we explore what it means to be a practicing Christian.
God bless you.