As a few of my friends may know, I have doing a daily (well mostly daily, sometimes I don’t make it) devotional that is written by Max Lucado. After each of his devotional messages he lists a question or two for the reader to consider. Today’s question and my thoughts about it have prompted this particular post.
What can you do to share Christ with others?
The recent debacle over the religious freedom bills has put this sort of thought in my mind a great recently, so here is what my thoughts on this are.
The most visible thing I can do is to quietly, yet persistently, show evidence of my faith and belief in Christ. Many times in life I have been told:
Actions speak louder than words.
What we do and how we react to others, as well as the situations we find ourselves in, will show those around us that we have put our faith in Christ and that we are trying to follow Him. Our actions will reflect not just on us, but also on others that hold themselves up to the world to be believers and followers of Christ and it will also reflect on Christ as well.
To those watching our lives from the outside, we must be transparent in our faith so that they can see Christ as evident in our lives. We need to treat all others as Christ would treat them and in a manner that we would like for them to treat us.
Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. (Matthew 7:12, NKJ)
It may not seem like much, but the concept behind these simple words is very powerful, dare I say life changing. Show them the courtesy that you would like to have had them show to you. Treat others in a manner consistent with how Christ would have treated them.
To those state house Senators and Representatives that have passed these so-called religious freedom bills, how is this following Christ’s words in Matthew? How are you showing yourselves to be Christ-like by enabling others to mis-treat their fellow man? And when you stand up and say that these laws are just going to allow all of us to not be persecuted for following our religious beliefs, how is the mis-treatment of a gay or lesbian couple really furthering the cause of Christ?
It might be best that you consider this before you start trying to legislate a method for us to not follow the words of Christ. The world around us gives enough ways to do that on our own without your help.