In your daily life, who or what are you representing? Are you representing Christ? Or, are you representing things of the world? People around you are watching what you do and say everyday. The things you say and do affect what people think of you. If everything people see you do or hear you say are negative/bad/perverted things, then they are going to think you are not a good person to be around. If everything people see you do or hear you say are good/positive/loving/caring things, then they are probably going to think of you as being a good role model for others. And, if people hear you say and do good things at one moment and then turn around and say and do negative things, then they will see you as a hypocrite.
No man (or woman) is perfect; no, not one. We all mess up at times. However, we need to remember that people are watching us and listening to what comes out of our mouth.
Jesus tells us in Matthew chapter 7: “15 Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.”
We are known by the fruits we bear. What kind of fruit do others see you bear?
Are you misleading others by saying that you are a Christian, but change your actions once you walk out of church.
Are you misleading yourself? Read “Message For Church People”
Below are a few examples are misrepresenting Christ that I saw on Facebook today.
People post statuses about love and thanksgiving, but then they turn around and post a status that is rude/perverted. They represent Jesus in one post, then represent the darkness of our sinful world in another.
Christianity is not a religion. Religion is “the practice of religious beliefs; ritual observance of faith“. Christianity is a lifestyle and a relationship with God. There is no such thing as a part-time Christian. Everything that we watch, hear, do, think, etc defines who we are.
Humans take pleasure is seeing others suffer (especially if they have done wrong to us). In Matthew 18 we find that we are to forgive others. We are to keep no record of the wrong doings of others. We should forgive them. “21 Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.” We are to forgive others no matter how many times they wrong us.
So many times in life we think we can do it all by ourselves. Or, we may think that there is no way that a situation can be changed. At these times we need to ask, “Who am I following?“. Are you following hard after God, or are you chasing something that is worthless? At times, we get caught up in doing our “own thing”. We forget about God; we just push Him out of the picture. But, Jesus tells us, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” [Matthew 11:28]. He also tells us, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for disater, to give you a future and a hope.” [Jeremiah 29:11]
This is how Jesus changed my life: read here. He can change yours too!
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