“You act more like a Christian by your influence on the lost,
then the saved people you impress”
~ Dr. Alvin Reid ~
This week, Laurel Wreath is hosting In ‘Other’ Words and this is the quote that she chose. This quote spoke to me so clearly and cut me to the quick. How many people have witnessed my actions and not seen Christ in all that I do? Oh, that number is very large, I am sure.
How many times have you been frustrated by a store clerk and shown that frustration in a not-so-Christian way? What about a telemarketer? Just because it was over the phone and they didn’t see you, doesn’t mean that it didn’t occur. It is hard to tame that tongue and those actions when you are frustrated, angry, and irritated by some wrong that you feel has been committed against you. I know, I have been there. I have gotten angry at store clerks because their sales price didn’t ring up and they say that the price was not on that particular item. I have gotten short with a telemarketer that has called in the middle of dinner. Do you think that they think of me kindly? Definitely not. Do you think that they saw God in how I acted? Definitely not. What if that person were to visit your church and they see you praising God in the choir? What do you think will run through their mind? Do you think that they will want to hear about God from you? I don’t think so. My walk and talk through the week must be the same walk and talk that I have at church with my Christian friends. Otherwise, what good is my relationship with Christ doing for the world? If I cannot live it out each and every day with those who are lost, then what good does it do the cause of Christ? To only act like a Christian with other Christians is not going to win souls for God’s kingdom. That is what He wants us to do. To be a light to others. The others is not necessarily other Christians. In fact, God wants us to be a light to the lost to help lead them to Him. To do that, we have to show God in everything that we do.
Lord, help me to show Your love in everything I do. Whether it is answering the phone or taking care of a problem at a store, let me be a light to You. Thank You, Lord, for Your great mercies. You are awesome! AMEN
Smiles and Loves! Janis