Journal Entry (9/29/2011, 4:34am) – Woke up this morning and prayed, then spent time reading from the book I believe has the truth I need to hear. Prepare for work. (5:00pm) – Arrived home from work. It’s been a normal day. Order parts, stock shelves, issue the parts. Spent break-time discussing Cardinals chance to squeeze into the wildcard position. Had chicken for lunch. ~ Note to self, at supper, let wife know I’ll be consumed tonight with the Cards and the Braves games. Also, can’t forget to get the measurement for the roll pin on the bat-wing mower. Need to get devotion time in somewhere… I’ll do it between innings. Then again, I’ll be flipping through the channels between innings seeing how the other teams are doing…
My pastor asked us a question last night that will not leave me alone. (Do they teach them that in seminary?) His question was, “What do we do in the course of a day that allows the world to know that Christianity is different than all the religions of the world?”
To condense his message, and probably do it great dis-service, three readily available answers should be, we demonstrate our faith by unity, love, and joy. Jesus prayed for, and commanded that these be traits of His church (John 13:35; 17:20-21).
Consider the mindset of the Christians living in the generation when Luke penned the Acts of the Apostles.
“Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common, and sold their possessions and goods, and divided them among all, as anyone had need. So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2: 44 – 47
Here’s a news flash! The world doesn’t care what we say! Rather, the world needs to see us live what we say… better yet, the world needs to see us live as the Bible describes us. If we’re not even willing to give up our chair in church, what’s the chances of us being a living sacrifice before the world?
Oh yeah! (humor me, it’s really 4:30 am) There’s something else that will not depart from my mind as I write these words, so I guess it’s meant to be in this post. (Hey! I’m being good here and sparing you the barbecue hamster line…)
Make ’em wonder what you’ve got,
Make ’em wish that they were not,
On the outside looking bored
Let it shine before all men,
Let ’em see good works, and then,
Let ’em glorify the Lord.