Driving home with my 13-year-old son after dropping my daughter off at a respite camp weekend, our conversation turned to faith-talk.
“Mom, is [Delores] a Christian?” Joey asked.
“I … think … so.”
Am I Being a Good Witness
I responded slowly, not quite sure. My next thought turned to me, to my own witness.
Am I living my life in such a way that no one doubts whether Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior?
“You know, it’s really sad when we aren’t sure of someone’s Christian faith,” I ventured to my son. “I pray that if someone is ever asked whether Julie Sunne is a Christian, there is no hesitation in answering yes.”
Not because I am anything great, but because the fruit of my faith is readily apparent.
Not because I can accomplish anything on my own, but because I’ve allowed the Holy Spirit to actively work in my life to bring about transformation and renewal.
Not because I am sinless, but because I love the One who paid the price for my sins enough to publicly proclaim His glory.
Not because I am selfless or overly compassionate, but because I can’t not share His love with others. (sorry about the tortured grammar)
God loved us so much, He sent His Son to die for us, for our sins, so that we could live forever in communion with the Father. And if that’s not enough, the Holy Spirit was sent to guide and strengthen us in our walk on earth.
God did all this for me and for you, not for some other “us.”
In our sin we should perish, but through God’s grace we live forever with Him. There is nothing more worthy to declare.
Life of Faith
“Lukewarmness or indifference in religion is the worst temper in the world. If religion is a real thing, it is the most excellent thing, and therefore we should be in good earnest in it; if it is not a real thing, it is the vilest imposture, and we should be earnest against it. If religion is worth any thing, it is worth every thing; an indifference here is inexcusable: Why halt you between two opinions? If God be God, follow him; if Baal (be God), follow him. Here is no room for neutrality….Christ expects that men should declare themselves in earnest either for him or against him.”
If we profess our faith in the One true triune God—the Father, the Son (the Savior of mankind), and the Holy Spirit—then we must be bold enough to let His light shine through us. Our faith should be evident by our fruit (Galatians 5:22-23).
A life of faith doesn’t blaze spectacular. It’s mostly small choices in our day-to-day life.
It’s using words of blessing instead of cursing.
It’s showing love when you’d rather walk away.
It’s forgiving when all you really want is revenge.
It’s being courageous when you are fearful.
It’s giving thanks in the hard.
It’s professing hope when all seems hopeless.
It’s dropping to your knees when you need to stand strong, so you can get back up in the strength of the Lord.
Living out our faith is about loving God with our whole hearts, minds, and souls, and reflecting His love brightly in a dark world.
As the Psalmist sang,
“Sing a new song to the Lord;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to Yahweh, praise His name;
proclaim His salvation from day to day.
Declare His glory among the nations,
His wonderful works among all peoples.” Psalm 96:1-3
And in Christ we have His power to do it all.
So gather wisdom through God’s Word. Gain discernment in prayer. Be emboldened through worship. Be strengthened by the Spirit.
And as the Lord’s love and grace pours over you each day, let it flow out into the world, declaring His glory and leaving little doubt Who you serve.
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Reflection: Ask yourself: Am I living my life in such a way that no one doubts whether Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior?
Although it seems Ann is no longer offering her Multitude Mondays linkup (although her Joy Dare continues on Twitter and Facebook), I will continue to post my 1000-gift list on Monday (okay, today it’s Tuesday) because it seems a great day for it and because … well … I just can’t quit. (Just between you and me, it helps me in the savor department.)
Since beginning nearly 3 years ago, I’ve counted more than 3,000 gifts! What a blessing! So here we go: #3178–3198, read the entire list by clicking here.
- Watching the morning sun spill over the treetops; Iridescent blue of sunlight bouncing just right off crows wings–breathtaking!; Rereading a long-lost favorite book series to kids
- Finally making some sense of my company’s new editing style guide; Picked a full ice cream bucket of red raspberries; Morning mixing of the sun and lake mist–gorgeous!
- Receiving copies of newly published books I edited; Rare supper eating out with Joey and Rachel; A number of youth joining our church choir
- Spent the day leading 7th graders on nature hikes–discussing the workings of God’s creation in biological terms; Moving my afternoon office to the prairie; Kiddos who want to learn
- Power of old hymns to comfort–amazing how they come to mind at the time of need; Rachel’s excitement once we got to camp and her enjoyment at kicking us out; Staying overnight at Mom and Dad’s
- Morning of worshiping, celebrating, eating, and learning with lovely ladies; Gave in and picked out bifocal frames with Mom and Joey’s help–we were entertaining for the nice lady helping us; A boy who still likes to hug his mama
- Hubby home safely; Talking with both college boys who are doing well; Reading about what a joy Rach was at camp and how much fun she had
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