Reflection, attitudes, fruit of the Spirit, and habits
When people look at you and reflect back on your actions, do they see the bad habits that you've formed or do they see a reflection of Christ? Do they see the fruits of the Spirit, love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control? Or do they see the opposite?
What do you want to be known for is the real question. Your true identity is from Christ, and without Him, we are nothing. I want to be known as a Christ follower-someone who strives to act more and more like Him every day. Yes, I fall short, but through His grace, we are forgiven.
The sinfulness of man makes us disappointed in people and constantly dissatisfied. A New Year's resolution for me was to become more content with the things that I already have."
So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16NIV "People may not like who you are as a Christian but that really isn't anything but their own sin talking. Of course people will not like you for being like Christ when all they want to do is pretend that He doesn't exist. Everyone knows Christ exists, even the demons in Luke knew."
Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting, "You are the Son of God!" But he rebuked them and would not allow them to speak, because they knew he was the Messiah."
Luke 4:41 But what would you want to be remembered for-what could possibly be an even bigger testimony to others than just what you say to them when you have the chance? Your actions speak louder than words. The way I behave towards people is much more remembered than perhaps a blog post or an Instagram feed.
My weekly challenge to you is this, make sure that people know that you are a Christian by your actions and words-not just by those retweets or cross you wear around your neck. I know so many people that wear crosses for no apparent reason at all. Don't use the Lord's name in vain-don't mock his death on the cross by living in sin and branding yourself with His symbol when you don't mean a single bit of it. Mean it and gradually, people will begin to see you as a reflection of Christ. For that is what we are, dear readers, followers who shine the light of Christ to show others.
The magic of these Christmas lights is that it reminds us of the Light of the world, the Light of Christ and the Star of Bethlehem. // In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. matt. 5:16.