On October 7th Jen and I closed on a house. After many years of renting, we are now starting to settle into a place we hope to call home for many years. As we unload boxes and try to figure out where to put everything we own, we can't help but think about the new neighborhood we live in, and what opportunities God will have for us to like the Good Samaritan.
As such, I can't help but think about a quote from start> participant Jim Cymbala, pastor of the Brooklyn Tabernacle:
"The only advertisement for Christ on this earth is we Christians - the body of Christ, the church of the Lord."
This quote is forcing me to ask myself some hard questions, and I would like to challenge you with the same questions.
What do you want your "advertisement for Christ" to communicate to the watching world?
For me the answer to this question is that I want those around me to know that Christ is the center of my life, and that I live in response to the great mercy of God. My love for my neighbor is fueled by a love for God, and a desire to share the Good News of his Kingdom in both word and deed.
Do you suppose that there is a disparity at times between what Christians wish their "advertisements for Christ" said and what the watching world actually sees?
Unfortunately yes. But while it would be easy to point out the flaws of others, the reality is that I must take care to address the disparity that exists in my own life.
How would you answer these questions?
Sitting on a cardboard box, computer on a card table,