Something is wrong when our lives make sense to unbelievers.
How does that statement strike you? Does it “hit home” or does it comfort you? John tells us to be “in the world, but not of the world“… which is a challenge at times.
We need to be “in” the world… be relevant. But we need to make sure we don’t indoctrinate ourselves to the ways “of” the world. Sometimes that’s so much easier said then done.
How do you find that balance? We can’t live in bubbles and we can’t (as much as we’d like to) enclose our kids in them either.
I’ve heard it said that we may be the only Bible anyone reads. I love that. It tells us that how we act or things we say could have a greater impact on people than them sitting in the pews each Sunday. No pressure, eh?
But what do we do that makes us stand out from the crowd? How will others know we are “different?”
- Maybe we don’t participate in that conversation that turned into gossip
- Maybe we stand up for someone who getting picked on or ignored or mistreated
- Maybe we deliver a meal to a family who is struggling with an illness
- Maybe we pay a bill for someone who is over their head in debt
- Maybe we pray before eating with our family at a restaurant
I don’t want my life to make sense to unbelievers. I want them to wonder why I trust a God I can’t see. I want them to wonder why I give to others when I have little to give. I want them to wonder why I am peaceful in a situation that should have me in a heap on the floor.
No… I don’t want my life to make sense to unbelievers. Do you?