I’ve been thinkin a lot lately, about what people think of myself when they think of me. Can they see God in me, by my words and actions?
Today I read a few paragraphs, in the book Forgotten God by Francis Chan.
“And this is the question I just can’t get around: If it’s true that the Spirit of God dwells in us and that our bodies are the Holy Spirit’s temple, then shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?
This may be a silly illustration, but if I told you I had an encounter with God where He entered by body and gave me a supernatural ability to play basketball, wouldn’t you expect to see an amazing improvement in my jump shot, my defense, and my speed on the court? After all, this is God we’re talking about. And if you saw no change in my athleticism, wouldn’t you question the validity of my ”encounter”?
Churchgoers all across the nation say the Holy Spirit has entered them. They claim that God has given them a supernatural ability to follow Christ, put their sin to death, and serve the church. Christians talk about being born again and say that they were dead but now have come to life. We have become hardened to those words, but they are powerful words that have significant meaning. Yet when those outside the church see no difference in our lives, they begin to question our integrity, our sanity, or even worse, our God. And can you blame them?”
And.. Like David Crowder sings:
”A love so bold
To see a revolution somehow
My God is not dead
He’s surely alive
He’s living on the inside
Roaring like a lion”
If we say we are saved, and we are a Christian, shouldn’t people be able to tell my the joy we have? God should be inside, roaring like a lion and our love should be SO bold, it should start something big. We all know how loud a lion roars, that’s what I think about when I hear this song. Our love for God should be SO loud, it should seep outta our hearts and into our lives on the outside. Not just the inside.
I mean, not saying we won’t have bad days where we get in bad moods. I have soo many bad days where I’m gross to everybody and I don’t even wanna be my own dern friend! God understands, and other people will, too- but not everybody.
So we should always try to act and portray like we have God with us! By showing people love, and trying our best to be kind and friendly.
If someone walks around lookin all depressed, being mean ALL the time, with no emotion ever shown what so ever, but they are a Christian in their hearts, how in the heck would ya ever know? I don’t think we would, really.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”
—2 Corinthians 5:17
“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”
I am the worst at all of this, and I’m sure I’m not the only one out there. I just wanted to share, cause it’s definitely challenged me!
Hope yall are all havin a happy day