Do people know you are a Christian? Most of the people in our lives know that we go to church, but do they know that we are Christians? Studying through the book of Acts has made me reconsider a lot of things about my walk as a Christian. One of the things that stick out at me the most in the book of Acts is that the Apostles and disciples did not have to tell people that they were Christians. They just lived their lives for Christ and the people around them saw Christ and believed because of the light that was in them. Do people know we are Christians, or do they just know that we go to Church? What does your life say about who you are in Christ?
As I was surfing the web this morning I came across a Meme on Pinterest that goes along with what I was thinking on this morning. The Meme says, “Here’s a thought…Maybe you wouldn't have to mention you are a Christian all the time, if you just acted like one most of the time.” How true this is. So many times people tell me they are Christians, and I am overjoyed to meet a fellow brother or sister in the Lord. But then, I begin to see their activity on Facebook and their interactions on other social medias and wonder if they truly are Christians, or are they just churched. Just because we say we are Christians, doesn’t necessarily mean that we act like one.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Jesus tells us that we should be shining so brightly that people will see what we do and they will glorify God. We all know the song and the saying “They will know we are Christians by our love”. But Jesus tells us that they will know we are Christians by the way we shine our lights too. What does your life say about you? Do your social media posts reflect Christ? Does your works glorify God? Do we say we are Christians but forget to act like one? I always go back to what one of my pastors told me many years ago- “You may be the only Jesus people ever see.” So, what are they seeing? Are they seeing someone who goes to Church every Sunday but acts like the world Monday through Saturday, or are they seeing Jesus every day of the week?
Charles Spurgeon stated that “The object of our shining is not that men may see how good we are, nor even see us at all, but that they may see grace in us and God in us, and cry, ‘What a Father these people must have!’” When Jesus tells us that we should shine our lights He is telling us that what people see in us should lead them to Him. The light we have been given to shine is Jesus Christ- are we shining Him or are we shining ourselves?
John 1:4 tells us that He is light and His life is the light of all men. Because of Jesus Christ we have a light that resides in us for the purpose of pointing others to Him so that He can show them His glory. What is your light doing? Is it pointing to Jesus on Sunday but then to yourself on Monday? Think about it like this. If you were the only Christian in this world, what would the world say of you? If you were the only one who believed in Jesus, would the world around you know it by your works as well as your words?
You can tell me all day that you are a Christian, but I want to see it. I want to see Christ in you. I do not care what church you go to, what pastor you listen to, or even what ministry you serve in. What I want to see is Christ, Jesus Christ in you and shining through you. You can talk to me all you want about Jesus, but unless I see Him, how will I believe you really know Him? Our lights should be shining so brightly for Jesus that people will be drawn to us. Those who are not Christians will come to you for prayer, they will come to you when the darkness of this life becomes too difficult to bear because they will see the light shining in you and they will want what you have.
Jesus tells us to point to God our Father in everything we do. I see so many Christians on social media today who are hurting their witness for Christ by some of the things they are posting. If we have to keep telling people we are Christians, then perhaps there is something wrong with the way we are walking. Jesus tells us that they will see our good works and will glorify God our Father, if we are being the lights He has called us to be. We shouldn't have to tell people we are Christians, they should see it in us.
Going to church doesn’t make us Christians any more than sitting in a garage makes you a car. We are to be living lives that constantly point to Jesus Christ. Paul tells us that have been given the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Corinthians 4:6) God has placed in us the light of His Son so that we can shine forth, holding up our lights to the world around us, showing them the glory and the power of our Heavenly Father who loves them and wants to redeem them. Everything we do; everything we say, and everything we post on Facebook points to someone. We are either pointing to God our Father or we are pointing to ourselves. Our lives say a lot about who we are and who we belong to, without us having to say a word. What does your life say about you?