What does a Christian Look Like (cont..)

Isa 62:2
The Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory. You shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will name.

The truth of the matter is this, the name Christian was prophesied hundreds of years before it was used in the New Testament. We looked last week at “What does a Christian look like?” What a great question, we mentioned that people know us by the things we wear, and people identify us by our actions. But what “things” does a Christian wear, and what “actions” does a Christian have that identify them?  Last week we looked at “A Christian will be separate from the world”, and “A Christian will seek first the things of God”. What else can we look at

A Christian will remember their example:   I have often wondered what Timothy was thinking when Paul writes to him to “Be an example TO the believers” (1 Tim 4:12). We know from history, as well as the events recorded in Acts chapter 19 that Ephesus was a place filled with idolatry. I have always gotten the impression that Timothy was discouraged and Paul writes to encourage to him to remain faithful and in 1 Tim 4;12 to CONSIDER his EXAMPLE TO the church. You know, most of the world may not know much about what being a Christian is, but they do know our example. I have always heard a “Sermon lived is worth a thousand preached”.   Paul reminds us to let our conduct only be “worthy” of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27). Maybe a good question to ask is this, “is what I am doing helping me to be the proper example of eternal things?

A Christian will show their love for other Christians: Given the preference and choice where would you be? The Bible is clear that we are identified to the world as Christians by the “love” we have for one another (John 13:35). The Apostle Paul is clear that we should be “kind” to one another (Eph 4:32). Why in the world would this be the case? All Christians make up the body of Christ, and we give preference to those things we love, (ask ANY sports fan). We should always be at every assembly, and we should make plans to be at every activity possible, and we should never talk down about our brethren. We should PREFER the body of Christ for our social circle because we will all spend eternity in heaven together. Maybe the best question is again “given the choice, do I always choose to be with the body of Christ?”

Next week we will continue to examine “what does a Christian look like” in matters of our love for God. How incredible it is to worship with so many incredible Christians who set the right example to so many!

Ande Z