09 Sep Filled with Joy
Setting Ourselves Apart by Showing Why God is Good
Shouldn’t Christians be the most joy-filled people on the planet? As people who have been plucked from the very pit of destruction, we have the greatest reason ever to face this world with rejoicing.
Yet, for many, a permanent scowl and judgmental finger are the hallmarks, not unending joy.
Instead of shining light into darkness, we cast blame. Instead of welcoming with open arms, we reject with condemnation. Rather than being the hands and feet of Jesus, we speak words He never said.
If we truly want to set ourselves apart in a world that needs the Lord, we must start by showing why Jesus is desirable. Lives that only testify to what’s wrong with the world don’t testify to the grace of God.
Yes, it’s easy and natural to see the negatives. Yes, it takes conscious effort to bite our tongues when judgmental words come so easily. But if we really want others to want our God, we have to remember that we are His representatives and that our behavior reflects on Him.
Make up your mind today that your life tomorrow will reflect your God.