Last month’s 2-part preaching theme was “my bad church experience’ and we pray that you were encouraged and inspired about what God intended His church to be and realise afresh that HIS CHURCH IS THE HOPE OF THE WORLD.
What a great privilege it is for us, that we get to show off Jesus in our everyday ordinary life and if you have declared your faith in Christ, then people are watching how you live this out. We are Christ’s Ambassadors here on earth, and although we are not perfect, we can point people to Jesus; The One who forgives, cares, is faithful, generous in mercy and love… and the list goes on and on. The question we need to ask ourselves is, ‘do we wear Jesus well’? That is not being perfect, because there is only One who is Perfect – God… but seeking to live like Christ. Just as we developed and matured from being a baby to a toddler, a child to adolescence then into adulthood, so we should be growing in our Christ-likeness.
What comes out of our mouth should be wholesome, what we look at should be uplifting and life-giving, what we listen to should bring life into our soul. Our goal is always to be like Jesus. It is interesting that when you live your life from this focus, we become attractive to those around us. People who are looking for realness, transparency, reality and someone who has the answer to live a contented and good life. When they look at you, is that what they see? If you can answer yes to this, then we encourage you to ask God to help us as we read in Romans 12:1-2 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Be the change, be the person who says, ‘I want to make my life count, I want to attract people to Jesus, my greatest desire is to be like my Father in heaven. ‘ When we live with this attitude, we can’t but help change people’s perspective from a bad church or Christian experience to something transforming and powerful. We get to make a difference, let’s be the change.