A few weeks ago in a church sermon; Pastor Ashlock made a statement that if people can’t see we are Christian; then we need to recheck ourselves. This made me think; am I being a light to everyone. Do my actions, attitude and words represent God well? Is there enough evidence to prove that I am a Christian? He stated that evidence is an outward sign of proof of who we are and that if we have evidence, we will be a light. Matthew 5:3-16
As a light we will show the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-26) not only to those we minister to; but to our family. This includes not only our immediate family but our church and our ministry families too. Honestly, sometimes I think it is much easier to show love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and self-control towards those we go see in the mission field than to display this to those we are with regularly.
God says in Romans 12:10 “Love one another with brotherly affection” and in 1Peter 1:22 “Love one another earnestly from a pure heart”. I’ve seen time and time again where a critical or negative spirit will slip in and rip a believer or family apart. As Christians we aren’t perfect and we will sin but God warns us in Matthew 18:6 to not be a stumbling block to His followers and cause serious damage to their faith. This definitely is not being a light in the world. He tells us in Ephesians 4:31-32 to let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
If we display negative talk about someone, or display bitterness or anger towards one another as Christians and a non-believer see how we treat family; would they want to be a part of the family!? Are we being a light? Is there evidence that we are Christian? People are always watching and our actions, attitude and words can lead others to Christ or turn them completely away.
Emerge Ministries is on a mission to display the love of God to everyone within our family and to those we come in contact with. We are comprised of many voices of different denominations with different beliefs, but God allows us to do His work in unity.
To God Our Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be all the glory!
Much Love To You All!
Donna – One of many voices