A couple of years ago, I went a saw a play centered around whether the members of the featured family would be found guilty of being a Christian and were put on trial. That may sound silly in its inception, but if you choose to consider the much larger picture I believe there is validity to it.
If we found ourselves on trial would there be enough evidence of being a Christian. What would represent a life of following Christ.
One of the ways that I can tell that God has changed someone is when they begin to have care and compassion or love for other people. God does such amazing work on the most hardened of hearts. I should know because I was one of them.
Galatians chapter 5 gives us a glimpse of a changed life.
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do[e] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.
The writer of Galatians tells us that love is an essential and important part of being a Christ follower. When people meet us, hear us speak, or see our actions do they reflect the love of God.
There is an old song by Tina Turner “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” The answer is everything. It is not coincidental that the first fruit of the spirit is love. Love is the epitome of the Christian faith.
Sometimes, I see people adorned with Christian apparel and jewelry and I think to myself must we advertise the cross in order to know we represent Christ and his church on the earth. Or should people see us, hear, and watch us, and say I want what that person has.
If you were put on trial today would there be enough clear and convincing evidence that you are a believer in Christ. If we met Jesus today would we be found guilty of having lived a life where HE would find us guilty of being his disciple.
I’m not sure about everyone else in the world. But at my funeral, I do not want people saying that Jeff amassed a great fortune. He was a great worker, or he really enjoyed fishing, etc. What I want people to say without a doubt is that that man loved the Lord and there was overwhelming evidence that he indeed was a Christian. To me nothing else matters.
So today, I want to encourage to love your life so that if you were put on trial for being a Christian you would be found guilty. If not, the great thing about a new day is that we can decide today that we can begin to live a life where people do not have to guess if I’m a Christian.
I hope and pray that God will touch you and your situation and give you the strength to live a life pleasing to God and representative of Christ.
Remember that Brenda and I love you, and that God does too.