Question of the day: Is your life a reflection of who God is?
As believers, it has become a custom for us to say that we are Christians. It’s become a tagline for many but when our fruits are not a reflection of who God is, we automatically think that someone is judging us because our lifestyle is not like the church goers or the average Christian. We are reminded in John 17:19 that “You do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” We live in the world but we are not apart of it. We are set apart. Yes, being a Christian isn’t always easy but it’s not meant to be but when you seek God, he walks hand in hand with you throughout the journey. “When people see God at work in your life, they’ll be drawn to you. The secret to growing spiritually lies in being rooted and grounded in God.” The more you spend time in the secret place, the more your character becomes more like Christ.
Ten Categories of People. Which one of them do you identify with?
Sandra wants to have a better relationship with God. She has started going back to church again after two years. She’s taking the time to read the Bible. Though she doesn’t understand certain things, she takes notes and ask questions when she meets her friend/church members. She’s been attending Bible study. She’s even seeing some change in her life.
Joseph spends time with God. He makes it a priority. He desires to grow spiritually in his walk. He is bearing fruit for the Kingdom. He wants to share the Gospel but he’s afraid.
Anna just gave her life to God a year ago. She’s been finding this walk difficult at times because her friends are separating away from her. She finds herself going back to old habits. She feels alone in this walk and finds herself questioning whether giving her life to Christ was worth it.
Malachi once believed in God but because of the loss of his mother, it made him question if God is real. He is hurt and broken that how can a God who saves take his mother away from him. It’s been five years since his mother passed. He has a friend who has stuck by his side since Day One. He encourages and prays with him. Malachi wants to start afresh. He wants to have a personal relationship with God again.
Jason doesn’t believe in God. When asked why he doesn’t believe, he says that he didn’t feel the presence of God at a younger age. He believes in himself and that’s all that matters. He has to work hard in order to be successful. As long as he does his part, that’s all that matters. He doesn’t need any God in order to live.
Ava is in her second year of college. Due to her schedule in school, she finds it difficult to spend time with God. She’s taking 15 credits this semester along with being active on campus. She doesn’t know what to do now. She doesn’t know where to start because she feels so far way from God.
Bella is a freshman in college. Before she came to college, she would go to church with her family once in a while but now that she is college, she feels like she’s losing herself. She’s been drinking and hanging around the wrong crowd. She feels depressed and lonely when she comes to her room. She finds herself crying from time to time. There’s a void within her. She’s tired of hanging out with the wrong crowd but those are the only friends she has made since she came to college.
Jackson is a father of two. He’s always heard about who God is but never had a personal relationship with him. He’s only 23. He’s a college dropout. He’s made decisions that’s led him to where he is now. He’s struggling financially which is affecting him mentally, emotionally, and physically. He wants to go back to school. His girlfriend is the breadwinner. He wants to provide but he’s been finding it difficult to find a job.
Olivia is 24 years old. She grew up in the church but when it comes to her having a personal relationship with God, she admits that she doesn’t. Her faith was always dependent on her mother/grandmother’s faith. She reads the Bible from time to time when she’s going through tough times. In general, she finds it difficult to open the Bible because she feels like it’s complicated.
Tyler has a heart for the Lord. His life is a reflection of who God is. He admits that this walk is never easy but God has been faithful. He attends Bible study. Spending time with God before leaving his house is very important. Taking the time to pray is crucial. Without God, he is nothing. He has a good supportive system. He came to know about God through a good friend of his while in high school. He admits that giving his life to Christ is the best decision he has made. Yes, there are times when he falls but he still clings on to God. Some of the things that has helped him along the journey includes surrounding himself with Christlike minded people, spending time with God, meditating on a verse for the week, listening to praise & worship, attending Bible Study, fasting/prayer and asking God for the grace to live a life that glorifies him.
No matter where you are in your walk with God, know that God is for you. He is waiting for his children to draw closer unto him. Whether you have never heard of his name, have gone astray or desire to grow deeper in your walk with God, know that God is available for you. Make room in your heart for God. In Luke 15, we are told about a parable of the lost sheep.
“Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
3 Then Jesus told them this parable: 4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.”
Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved. -Acts 4:12
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. -Romans 10:9
Prayer: Father I come before you. I thank you for blessing me with yet another day to be alive. I am not worthy of your love but you love me still. Please forgive me of my sins. Purify my thoughts and every part of my being. I admit that I haven’t walked in your truth. Draw me closer to you. I desire to walk in your way from this day forward. Help me O’ God. In Jesus Name.
Until next time, stay blessed & encouraged 🙂