It's Because of Jesus

Something I've struggled with as long as I've been a Christian, is how to be a Christian without being weird. 

We all knew the guy in high school who only wore Christian T-Shirts, had a color-coordinating WWJD bracelet for each of those shirts, and who didn't have any plans on Friday night unless his church happened to be hosting a lock-in. His "spirituality" was actually a repellent for most people to ever respond to the Gospel. 

On the other hand, we know other people who are believers, but whose lives are no different from the lives of those who don't have a relationship with Christ. Their habits are the same, language is the same, values are the same; outwardly, for all intents and purposes, they're the same. 

Jesus was radically different from the world, but people still sought Him out. He was completely above reproach, but found a way to be with people who were the definition of reproach. How did He do it? 

I'm not sure I've completely figured it out, but one thing I do know is this: We can't let people think we're different because we're spiritual, or because we go to church. We can't let people think we're different because of church camp, or our upbringing, or because we quit smoking. We have to make it absolutely clear that we're different because of Jesus. 


lisa said...

what a great thought! so true!

Brenda Liniger said...

Love this post....hope you are feeling better. I had breakfast with your lovely family today and I can't believe how big Casen is getting, so handsome!