Wednesday, October 10, 2012

30 Days of Authenticity- Day 2: Speak His Name!

What makes a good person different from a Christian?  Obviously, a personal relationship with God is the primary difference, but we're talking about the surface right now.  Only you and God can truly know your heart and commitment to Him, but what does the world see?  Who are you at school, at work, and at the grocery store?  Who are you at the intersection when you're already running ten minutes late?  What about when the referees make a questionable call against your favorite team?  Who are you then?  What are you saying?  Are you a Christian or are you just another "good" person? 

It's important to be a good person; it really is.  You should be kind, considerate, compassionate, and loving.  You should want what's best for others and try to give when you can.  We would all agree that these are signs of a good person and a Christian.  But, at the end of the day, if that's all you're telling the world about who you are, then you're leaving out an important part of the equation.  James and I have discussed many times that we weren't necessarily raised to talk about God, our relationships with God, or any of God's attributes.  The really interesting part of that is that we were both in church since childhood.  You have both of us raised in different churches, by two different Christian families and we were never really taught to talk about God or what He means to us.  I certainly don't mean to play a blame game here; instead, my point is that we weren't raised to openly discuss these things that are so vital in sharing our testimony.

Definitely not what we're going for, right?  If you're only acting like a good person, then there's nothing different about you.  Matthew 5:15 is a perfect verse for transparancy: "Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." When you're transparent about your relationship with God, you speak His name and shine that light. You talk about Him at home, at school, and at the library; you don't reserve your light and only use it once a week.  When you're authentic, you talk about how He's your protector, your sustainer, your provider, your healer, and so much more. You don't leave that unsaid and assumed.  You're just another person who'd help get a cat out of a tree if you're afraid to talk when it matters.  When you're living purposefully, you take advantage of each moment and start recognizing the chances He's given you to share your story of His love. You're ready both in and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2) Don't you get it?  That's your story that He's written only for you.  If you don't share it, no one will know.  If they don't know, then you're just another good person.  Being good isn't good enough to lead others to know Him.  Share your faith, share your story.  Be bold. Be transparent.  Start a revolution. 

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