Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. Let you conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.
How many “so-called” Christians have you dealt with over the years, that didn’t exemplify the qualities and characteristics of Christ when they were outside the four walls of the church? What kind of effect did that have on you? Did words like “hypocrite” enter your thought process and vocabulary?
We’re very quick to judge and criticize other’s actions, but how often do we look at ourselves and our actions when we’re outside the church setting? What kind of impression are we leaving on others; Christian’s and non-Christian’s alike? Do we model Christ and his character, or do we give reason for other’s to label us a “hypocrite?”
It’s so vitally important to be wise about every move we make and every word we speak while living our daily lives. Everyone we come in contact with is watching us, whether we realize it or not. They may claim to not be interested in a relationship with Christ but they are still watching us to see if what we claim to be and have, is real.
The only way to make the most of every opportunity and have the right answer for everyone is to have a deep, intimate relationship with Christ. If our own relationship with Christ is floundering, then our character won’t line up with his and misrepresentation will take place. Our human nature will shine through, bright and strong, causing our actions to not line up with our words. When that happens, we end up becoming the very thing that we don’t want to be; a hypocrite.
We imitate the thing we spend the most time with, so we need to make sure we spend the most time with our Lord. The world is watching!
Take some time today to reevaluate how you present yourself to the world around you. Can others see Christ in you, or are they surprised by the fact that you claim to be a Christian? Allow the Lord to show you the areas you need to work on, in order to look more like Christ.
Have a great day!