07 Jun The Invisible Christian
On moonless nights my black lab disappears the moment we step into the yard. She becomes instantly invisible as she melts into the darkness. Care is essential as I move about lest I trip over her. She reminds me of someone who told me he is the only Christian in his workplace. I asked him how he is treated and he responded, “No one knows. I am an undercover agent for Jesus.” Really? And what does that mean and how does that work? I have no idea. He is the invisible Christian.
Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Does this mean he is just like everyone else with no distinguishing characteristics? There is another side to this. Some Christians are so advert they are annoying. Everyone knows they are a Christian because they are obnoxiously proselytizing all the time.
The challenge can be a very fine line to walk. How to be a good neighbor, a good colleague, a good friend, and a good person that attracts others to want to know more is often not easy. In James 3 we read, “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” He also adds, “The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” The old maxim “cream rises to the top” works. If one is as described by James it is impossible to be invisible. Such a person shines – quite unlike my dog on a dark night.
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 20, 2013
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