But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Ephesians 4:20-24
Someone had yanked her chain and she morphed into a pit bull! Staring daggers into the camera on her phone, she recorded words that sounded true enough, but they were laced with just a hint of indirect “who do you think you are?” The backstory was vague, but one could safely surmise that she’d been told that her life did not reflect Jesus and there would be consequences. With slitted eyes and a neck snapping side to side like a whip stripping the flesh off her opponent, her lips spat alliterated phrases about God morphing messes into miracles and tests into testimonies. Then my phone automatically scrolled to another video with the same woman in it, but she’d left any semblance of church lady in the first one. The pet peeve she voiced was drowning in so much profanity I’d need thigh-high boots to finish listening. I passed.
We all have blind spots and inconsistencies in our walk with Christ. Nobody is calling us to perfection, but if we aim high, we’ll at least land on godliness. The world is cynical about Christianity and some of it has to do with what they see in us who claim to know Him. Determine today to be evidence that Christ is real, that He changes lives in a spectacular way. This is not performing, it’s letting the Spirit do His patented transforming! If the world saw this, they might be enchanted by Him instead of repulsed by us.
Lord, make us outposts and examples of Who You are and what You’re like. The world has a skewed view of You. Use us to be living proof of the holy propaganda that Christians are mini-me’s of Christ. Please make us different in all the best possible ways. Amen.