If you asked the person sitting next to you in church if they are a Christian, what do you think they’d say? More than likely, the response would be a resounding yes. Most people sitting in church do consider themselves Christian. It might even show in the way they smile, laugh with friends, or shake hands with visitors.
However, when they leave church, are they still a Christian? That is where the true test is. As Christians we should always put our best foot forward. There is nothing worse than a believer turning someone away from God because of their actions.
Do you know the worst day of the week to work as a waitress or waiter? Sunday. Wait staff say that’s because Christians come in expecting to be seated immediately. They get angry if their order is late, they stay longer than normal, and they don’t leave a good tip, if any at all. What type of message does that give to someone who might not be a believer. I know I wouldn’t want to believe in a God that had followers like that.
Mahatma Ghandhi is quoted as once saying, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” That should have been a wakeup call for every Christian in the world that we were not doing our jobs.
1 John 2:6 reads, Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. We are to be Christlike, which means showing love to others, no matter who they are.
Imagine how much better this world would be if Christians stopped leaving Jesus at church. We’d have no more children being raised without fathers. No more adultery. No more divorce.
I challenge you this week to show everyone you meet that you truly believe in Christ. Give them the warmth and love you’d give if you were sitting in church or if Jesus were standing right beside you. Don’t forget. He is.