I was listening to a song this morning at work. It’s been around a while – you may have heard of it DC Talk’s Jesus Freak. Sweet song that is packed with a lot of meaning if you take the time to listen instead of just rock out on your air guitar.
It made me think about my life, and how I had been a Jesus Freak but only part-time, you know, when people were watching. I was living a life that didn’t match up with what I professed to believe in church on Sunday. There is a term for this kind of person, a hypocrite. And the painful truth of what that really means is found in the definition.
A person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion, or acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs.
I don’t really need to say a lot more, we can all look at our lives and identify areas that may be questionable. It’s not confined only to our actions, but also how and what we think. In God’s Word it says that ‘as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.’ Ouch! The point I am trying to make is that, as Christians, we are ambassadors of Christ; His representatives to this world. What we say and do reflects on Him and Who He is to us.
God has given us the task of telling everyone what he is doing. We’re Christ’s representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God’s work of making things right between them. We’re speaking for Christ himself now. 2 Corinthians 5:19,20 (MSG)
Take a moment. Just ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to anything you are, do, or even think that is unlike Him or His reputation. Are you sold out to see God’s Kingdom proclaimed to all the earth, or are you the lukewarm water that he spews out of His mouth? Let us take a lesson from the Laodicians
“I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! You’re stale. You’re stagnant. You make me want to vomit. You brag, ‘I’m rich, I’ve got it made, I need nothing from anyone,’ oblivious that in fact you’re a pitiful, blind beggar, threadbare and homeless. Rev. 3:15-17 (MSG)
Help me to see what you see in me, open my eyes and give me the wisdom and understanding to know Your heart for this world and how I fit into Your plan. Let my life reflect Your glory, and be a testimony of Your great love. Amen