Wednesday, 09 July 2008
by mrs lily
I have been thinking a lot about how I represent Christ in my every day life. There have been several occasions where I have felt troubled and embarrassed after encountering people who love the Lord but who don't look different thany anybody else. In fact, sometimes these people are the very ones I notice making a scene, whether that's complaining about bad service, venting to friends about rules or leadership they are under, or frolicking down the aisles and talking loudly, completely unaware of the people around them. But what is humbling about that is that it doesn't take very long for me to remember my own participation in similar situations. Doesn’t that seem a little backward? Shouldn’t we be different?
I wonder if this has anything to do with our flesh abusing the confidence we receive from Christ. Sometimes I think when someone knows they have something to offer, or even knows that they are right about something, it's easy to act proud about it instead of acting humbly. We forget that we have received extreme grace, and the only reason we have ever done anything good is because the Father has made it to be so (see Ephesians 2). Instead, we can sometimes let ourselves become demanding, overbearing, and self-important... such the opposite of who we are supposed to be.
Do you think we have a tendency to act overly proud about faith? What do you think should actually set us apart as Christians?