You Are a Witness
We don’t realize the gravity of it. In fact, most of the time, we don’t even think about it. The influence of our lives is powerful. Christians are God’s ambassadors in every walk of life so that we can influence those around us in positive ways to desire to become children of God. The Lord has stated that we are to be His messengers so that once folks see the love and compassion that we show to others, they will be drawn to Christ who loves us and them.
Because we are not continually conscious of the fact that we are “witnesses” always…either good or bad, we miss many opportunities to represent Christ well because our behavior has compromised our testimony. If we are oblivious to the fact that we represent our Lord God in every setting wherever we are in a day’s time, then what we say and do can be very harmful to the cause of Christ. The clerk in the store, the wait staff in a restaurant, the folks that we see in an exercise club, the receptionist in the doctor’s office, and all of the others places we frequent are all aware of our behavior. Over time, if we are that one that is always courteous, “on time”, understanding, patient, grateful, and interested to listen to what others have to say, they recognize that something about us is different. That will open the door to them one day being willing to listen as you talk to them about Jesus.
Only as we have “come out from among them to be a peculiar (separated) people” do we have any impact. It is the stark contrast between us and those that live according to the world’s mores that causes men to notice the difference. If we act like the world, talk like the world, and respond like the world, we have nothing to offer them.
In his book, “UNCHRISTIAN, David Kinnaman, president of the Barna Group, discusses some disheartening research concerning the failure of Christians in our day to remain distinct: “In virtually every study we conduct, representing thousands of interviews every year, born again Christians (talking about people who say they have made a personal commitment to Jesus Christ that they say is important and that they believe they will go to heaven at death because they have confessed their sin and accepted Christ as Savior, much more than people who just claim to be Christians) fail to display much attitudinal or behavior evidence of transformed lives.
For instance, Kinnaman quotes a study where he found that most of the lifestyle activities of born again Christians were statistically equivalent to those of non-born again people. When asked to identify their activities over the last 30 days, born again believers were just as likely to visit a pornographic website, to take something that did not belong to them, to consult a medium or psychic, to physically fight or abuse someone, to have consumed enough alcohol to be considered legally drunk, to have used an illegal nonprescription drug, to have said something to someone that was not true, to have gotten back at someone for something he or she did, and to have said mean things behind another person’s back.” (Copied).
Remember what the Apostle Paul said in his letter to the Corinthians about helping the world to understand what it means to be a follower of Jesus…..These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Cor.2:13-14.