Live in such a way that those who know you but don’t know God will come to know God because they know you.
As I sit and consider the above quotation a couple things come to mind. The first thing I think about is my 2 year old son. I am constantly amazed at the things he tries to do or say based on what he has seen myself or others around him do. For instance, the entire time I was on crutches he would go and find a golf club and turn it upside down and that would be his crutch. Another example I can think of is watching him go and grab a key and try to unlock and open the bathroom door when his mother was taking a shower. These examples serve as a constant reminder to me that there are always eyes watching us and will make life decisions or learn how to act in given situations based on what they see us do or say in given situations. This is not just true with out children but people of the world as well. Choosing to follow Christ is choosing to allow people to put your life in front of a microscope for all to see. What you do or say will help them to determine whether or not they want to live the life of a person who wants to follow after Christ. We all need to be careful not to cause them to turn away from Christ because they do not care for the we act or we are not living a life consistent with what we say and they see us as hypocrites and want nothing to do with us.
The second thing I consider when I look at this quote is how easy it is for me to share God with others. Often times we find ourselves struggling or unsure how to share our faith with others. One of the easiest is simply to live our life in such a way that people will see God in our actions. Many people may claim that they are just not sure what to say to others (which is something that needs to be worked on to more comfortable) but we all know and understand how to act appropriately. These actions will in turn help others to see and glorify God. With that said, we must also be careful and recognize that if we are not acting in a Godly manner we may be helping to give others an excuse for why they don’t want to follow Christ’s teaching. I hope I never hear that someone has said, “Rob’s a Christian and if that’s how Christians act then I don’t want any part of it.” I would much rather hear them say, “I really appreciate the way the way you treat others, if that is because you are a Christian, I would like to learn more about it.”
I would like to close this by simply reminding us that with each and everything we do or say, we have an opportunity to give God the glory or make our job of sharing God’s Word more difficult. It’s up to each of us to make the right decision.
Mt. 5:14-16 “14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
1 Cor 10:31 “31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Col 3:17 “17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”