Have you watched any of the 2016 Olympics?
It has been quite a year for our American athletes. They have represented our country with excellent performances in their events. Unfortunately, there have been some that have misbehaved in their off time and those folks seem to get as much attention as the ones that perform valiantly.
Isn’t that true of the Christian community?
We see lots of steadfast believers quietly going about the business of leading Godly lives, and sharing their faith by building relationships, and loving those around them. Then we see the folks that call themselves Christians, who profess hate and spew radical ideology, that are so at odds with the message of Christ. One gets ignored and the other gets all kinds of media notice.
If we have a life changing relationship with Christ, we want to move closer to Him and know Him intimately so, that when others see us, they see Him. In order to not get swept away in the kind of rhetoric that so diminishes the Gospel; we need to stay close to Christ and His Word in order not to get off course.
We each may be the only representation of Christ to the folks we meet. That is a sobering thought. That means that I better be tending to the “imperishable seed” that Christ has planted within me. 1 Peter 1:23 talks about this. When we become believers, we are given a new heart, a new “seed” of eternal life, which we must tend. If you have ever planted something from seed, you know that you don’t just plant it and walk away. You must water it, give it nutrients and ward off predators when it begins to produce fruit. Our inner life with Christ is no different. In order for others to see Christ in us, we must become like Him.
How do you become like someone?
Have you ever seen a little boy try to work beside his daddy? It is the cutest thing to observe. He will watch and try to mimic him until he can do each move perfectly on his own. If he holds the tool incorrectly or misses a step, his dad will gently correct him and show him the right way. He will work and work until he gets it right.
We need to be like little kids watching Christ so closely that His life becomes our own. If we stay close, He will gently guide and correct us so that we do not go astray.
The “seed” that grows within us is unique to each of us. It has been given to us to combine with our own talents and personality to distinctly meet the need and the purpose for which we have been created. Isn’t that exciting? To be gifted in this way is one of the most thrilling aspects of having a relationship with Christ. To have confidence in whom we are, and, in Whose we are gives life a whole new meaning and purpose.
Do you represent Christ? Have you invited Him to plant in the garden of your life?
If you have a relationship with Christ, how are you tending to the “imperishable seed”? If you haven’t said yes to a relationship with Jesus, please consider joining us as we learn more about what it is to follow him at CTK.
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