Are you playing peekaboo with your Christianity?
Is it accessible 24/7?
Or is it playing peekaboo like this sign?
Is your Christianity only accessible when all things seem to be going smoothly?
Or does it go into hiding when the road starts getting bumpy?
Jesus promised us trouble in this world.
John 16:33 (NLT)
33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
We are all walking through trials that are not easy and in many cases they are down right nasty but as Christians God calls us to keep our focus on Him! He wants us to show others what the God of the universe has done in our lives. Did you notice I said, show, not tell because God wants us to put our Christianity into action!
Let’s face it, people are watching us walk out our Christianity whether we know it or not. People really want to know, do they walk the walk or do they just talk the talk. You know, it’s not only about walking the walk, it’s also about walking it out in love. God doesn’t want us grumbling about our walk, either. Oh, we all have bad days here and there and believe you me I’ve had my fair share but we serve a God of love and people should know that about us. Jesus said they will know you by your love.
John 13:34-35 (NLT)
34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
As a Christian, a child of God, I am to walk out my Christian walk a certain way. God expects me to guard my tongue at all times and let’s be real it is hard some days to do that. I’ll be the first to admit it, after all, we are all human but we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! In His, strength your tongue can really be tamed. I can’t do it in my own flesh but with Him I can, Amen!
Philippians 4:13 (NLT)13 For I can do everything through Christ,[d] who gives me strength.
We need to show people that our Christianity is accessible 24/7 even in the most dire of circumstance because He is our strength and our ROCK in which we stand in times of ALL trouble! To ensure accessibility for ourselves we need to abide in Him and when we abide in Him He will abide in us!
John 15:4 (NLT)
4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you.
Folks, as Christians we can’t play peekaboo anymore we have to stand our ground and be accessible 24/7! If we remain in Him and Him in us the source of our Christianity will automatically be accessible. Our source, our strength, JESUS CHRIST, will be accessible 24/7 to all who approach us because His light will be so bright people will be drawn to us!
A good friend of mine, Betty Knowlton, gave a devotion at our C.cada meeting last month and you can read it over at Lillie-Put by clicking here. Her quote below fits right in with walking your Christianity out His way not ours,
“Joy is NOT the absence of trouble, but the presence of God”, Amen!
But it is through our trials His light actually shines brighter just as it should be. In essence, people are then able to have that accessibility we so desire them to have with Him through us. Which in turn gives us hope as Christians that we may reach their souls for eternity one day! Amen!